IKEA France will open a new 16-hectare logistics warehouse at the Port of Limay-Porcheville as part of wider efforts to boost regional growth and reach its sustainability goals, according to Haropa-Ports of Paris.
In a statement, Haropa-Ports of Paris said the 160,000 sqm site will enable IKEA to develop a customer distribution centre with approximately 72,000 sqm of floor space.
Additionally, it said the centre will be “ideally located” in the west of Greater Paris, making it possible to restock Paris city centre ships and deliver products to IKEA customers making online orders or in-store purchases.
The centre will serve a huge area ranging from Greater Paris for the vast majority of deliveries in western France. Entry into service is scheduled for 2026.
The centre will be designed in a way that optimises energy consumption and encourages the use of environmentally friendly building materials, such as 28,000 sqm of solar PV panels on the roof.
The project will also include an extensive landscaped area to guarantee protection and development of the surrounding ecosystem by replanting the site with 30,000 sqm green space and around a hundred trees.
According to Antoine Berbain, CEO of HAROPA-Ports of Paris, “The signing of this agreement is symbolic in two ways. it confirms not only the attractiveness of the port logistics offer for Greater Paris, but also the economic relevance of river distribution logistics for the Grand Paris project.
“Looking at the Seine Axis as a whole, the installation of a brand as prestigious as IKEA at Limay port will contribute to a rebalancing of logistics towards the west of Greater Paris and the development of multimodality.
“It is with pleasure that we note the trust placed in us by IKEA in developing this ambitious and ground-breaking project.”
Emma Recco, IKEA business development & strategy manager, said, “I am very proud to sign today the agreement with HAROPA-Ports of Paris for the creation of this warehouse in Limay.
“We are taking forward a high-quality partnership, engaged and committed for the long term, which will be a core asset for the innovative projects we wish to promote.
“IKEA France has already committed itself to providing deliveries to 100% of its Paris customers using a zero-emission solution by the end of 2021, and everywhere in France by 2025. “This innovative warehouse will allow us to reconcile over the long term the development of our business, and e-commerce in particular, with our goal of sustainable logistics.”