Central Poland - the most desirable area in the country

Thanks to its excellent location, well-developed infrastructure and attractive rental rates, Central Poland was the most desirable area on the country's warehouse map in 2017. The region accounts for 30 percent of demand within new contracts and expansions.

  • Over 900,000 sqm of space was leased there in 2017.
  • Among the largest contracts is the investment made by Castorama in Stryków, which involves over 100,000 sqm of space.
  • Warehouses in the area of Łódź could be said to comprise Poland’s main logistics hub.

According to JLL data, over 3.9 million sqm of warehouse space was leased in 2017, with Central Poland having the largest share—over 900,000 sqm. The strong demand in the region was generated by retail chains, logistics operators, and others. “Among the largest contracts is a transaction mediated by JLL—Castorama’s investment project in Stryków, which involves over 100,000 sqm of space,” says Tomasz Mika, National Director, JLL.

“The many investments in the region are driven by its excellent infrastructure. The region’s central location at the intersection of two major motorways (the A1 and the A2) and the S8 expressway connecting Warsaw (and next year also Białystok) and Wrocław makes it possible to cover the entire area of the country with a distribution network,” says Paulina Dziubińska, Associate Director, JLL. “Warehouses in the area of Łódź could even be said to comprise the main logistics hub in Poland,” adds Dziubińska.

Despite the record amount of space put into use in 2017, there is still a considerable supply of space on the market, as well as demand for further projects. There is 1.2 million sqm of space under construction across Poland, with 300,000 sqm in Central Poland. The largest projects expected to be completed in 2018 include Central European Logistics Hub (Panattoni, 117,000 sqm), P3 Piotrków (P3, 60,000 sqm), and a BTS facility for OBI in Łódź (Panattoni, 51,000 sqm).

Paulina Dziubińska