LondonMetric acquires distribution warehouses

LondonMetric Property has acquired a regional distribution warehouse in Wakefield for £9.5m and a last mile distribution warehouse in Dartford for £6.3m; reflecting a blended NIY of 5.8% and a reversionary yield of 6.4%. At Wakefield, LondonMetric has acquired a well specified 120,000 sq ft regional warehouse located on a premier distribution park at J.31 of the M62, close to J.42 of the M1.

The warehouse is let for a further 6.2 years to One Stop Stores, a 100% owned subsidiary of Tesco. It serves the North of England and Scotland, which account for half of One Stop’s 750 convenience store estate.

The next open market rent review is in April 2018.

At Dartford, LondonMetric has acquired a well specified 49,000 sq ft last mile warehouse on a prime distribution site 1.5 miles from J.1A of the M25.

The warehouse was built in 2003 and is let to Antalis, a major European paper and packaging distributor, on a new ten year lease with a break clause and a rent review in year five; the review is at the higher of open market and RPI.

Chief executive Andrew Jones said: “The urban logistics and convenience sectors continue to grow rapidly, as shopping patterns evolve and customers migrate towards internet and convenience shopping.

“The strong demand for well-located logistics assets is part of their ambition to meet increasing delivery demands.”

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