METRO GROUP plans new logistics center in Kirchheim an der Weinstraße

METRO GROUP intends to build a regional logistics center for its METRO Cash & Carry wholesale stores and Real hypermarkets in Kirchheim an der Weinstraße. The company will invest a double-digit million euro amount in the development of this site. The new logistics center in Kirchheim will employ more than 380 staff.

The new location in Kirchheim represents a central element of METRO GROUP's new logistics strategy announced in September 2015. For the regional distribution logistics of METRO Cash & Carry and Real in the region Southwest Germany a new logistic center was to be created in the 'Greater Worms region' and take over the logistics services of three existing centers. "The realization of this state of the art logistics center in Kirchheim represents a first, decisive step in the implementation of the new logistics strategy", says Mark Frese, Chief Financial Officer of METRO AG and responsible for the logistics of the Düsseldorf-based retailing group. "By investing into a modern logistics network we support and strengthen the transformation of our sales lines METRO Cash & Carry and Real in Germany".

The new location in Kirchheim will offer more than 380 jobs and thus more than the originally planned roughly 300 positions. In a first phase, these jobs are to be offered to the employees of METRO LOGISTICS working at the three existing logistics centers in Bingen, Gernsheim and Gimbsheim. A reconciliation of interests and social plan are to be negotiated for those employees who are not interested in such an offer or for whom a transfer is not practical, e.g. because of the distance. Talks with the codetermination bodies will now be continued and concretized.

In the framework of its search for an adequate location, METRO GROUP intensively examined ten potential properties in the last few months. "The site in Kirchheim an der Weinstraße prevailed as the best possible option in our comparison of the alternatives available", says Jeroen Janssen Lok, responsible for METRO GROUP's logistics strategy in Germany. Especially the perfectly matching plot size and its good accessibility together with favourable lease conditions prompted the decision in favour of Kirchheim. The site is located directly on the A6 motorway and at a distance of only 10 kilometres to the Frankenthal interchange (A61). The owner structure, the prospect of a fast approval of the development plan and the good soil conditions were further positive reasons for the construction of this new logistics property.

The Hamburg-based project developer for logistics properties Ixocon Holding will realize the logistics center on behalf of METRO GROUP. BNP Paribas Real Estate and Jones Lang LaSalle were involved in an advisory capacity and as a broker for METRO GROUP.

Facts & figures about the new warehouse in Kirchheim an der Weinstraße

Property size: around 100,000 square meters
Storage space:
around 49,000 square meters
Planned assortments: Dry, Frozen and Chilled, Fruits & Vegetables
Start of operations: 3rd quarter 2017
Employees: 380+

METRO GROUP is one of the most important international retailing companies. It generated sales of some €59 billion in financial year 2014/15. The company operates over 2,000 locations in 29 countries and employs more than 220,000 people. The performance of METRO GROUP is based on the strength of its sales brands, which act independently on the market: METRO/MAKRO Cash & Carry, the international leader in the self-service wholesale trade; Media Markt and Saturn, the European market leader in consumer electronics retailing; and Real hypermarkets.

METRO LOGISTICS Germany GmbH is the logistics services and competence centre of METRO GROUP. Within METRO GROUP the company steers the merchandise flows of the METRO GROUP sales lines METRO Cash & Carry, Real, Media Markt and Saturn. The range of products handled by METRO LOSTICS warehouses and platforms in Germany comprises some 20,000 items in the categories fresh, frozen and dry foods and several hundred articles in the categories fruits and vegetables, fresh fish and meat as well as non-food. METRO LOGISTICS employs around 3,200 employees in its distribution centres and its headquarters in Düsseldorf. www.metro-logistics.de