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Spain: DIA invests $58 million in its Illescas warehouse, the largest of the discount chain

Updated: Jul 31, 2020

Discount Retail Chain DIA has reached an agreement with various partners for the construction of a logistics platform in Illescas, Toledo, on a total area of ​​127,000 m2 of which the warehouse will occupy about 68,000 m2. This warehouse, whose investment will involve at least about $58 million, will be the largest DIA has in Spain and will serve stores in the Community of Madrid, Castilla-La Mancha and Castilla y León, which represents around 500 stores.

The construction will begin this summer and the new warehouse is scheduled to be operational first half of 2022. DIA's warehouse is part of the 'Illescas Green Logistics Park' facilities, a project promoted by Aquila Capital in the second phase of Plataforma Central Iberum, the first eco-industrial park in Spain. The warehouse will be built under high environmentally responsible standards, with solar panels, so it will be self-sufficient.

The warehouses DIA has in Arroyomolinos, Mejorada del Campo, Madrid province and Azuqueca de Henares in Guadalajara, will transfer their operations to Illescas and will be closed. In this way, it is expected that the workers of these three warehouses will join the workforcein the new warehouse, which will be made up of around 500 employees at the time it is operating. The Ensign warehouse in Getafe, Madrid, will continue its operations.

This is one more step in the DIA transformation process. The company explains that to achieve its present objectives, it requires "a solid logistics network adapted to the current and future needs of the company and capable of supplying stores to respond in a timely manner to customer demands".

This project is carried out thanks to the collaboration with Aquila Capital, owner of the land and responsible for the construction of the warehouse according to DIA's specifications; real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield; Tewis Smart, a company specialized in the installation of refrigerators; and the Illescas Town Hall.

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