The continued demand for instant delivery of goods has led three companies to lease large warehouses in Harford County, and eventually create up to 400 new jobs.
The leases, two with companies new to the area, total 1.5 million square feet of space in Aberdeen and Perryman, according to MRP Industrial, the Baltimore-based real estate development and investment company that signed the deals.
The Container Store plans to occupy a 600,000-square-foot building that will be constructed in Eastgate 95, an industrial park in Perryman. The warehouse, which could expand to 700,000 square feet, will serve as the company’s East Coast distribution facility and is expected to employ 150.
Kuehne + Nagel, a major logistics firm, will move into a 656,880-square-foot building across the street that is expected to open in September and eventually employ 225.
PrimeSource, a national building products distributor, signed a lease for 250,000 square feet in a building to be constructed on Advantage Avenue in Aberdeen. The firm will relocate from another location in the area next year.
Lisa A. Goodwin, senior vice president of MRP Industrial, said that the companies recognized the county’s strategic location close to large population centers, highways and ports.
“The demand for high-quality and strategically-located industrial/distribution space remains at an all-time high throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and the Interstate 95 corridor,” she said in a statement.“These requirements are specifically taking the form of end-users needing one or two-day delivery access to major population centers, including the Baltimore-Washington D.C. market, to support the delivery expectations of the American consumer.”
MRP plans to continue building to meet future demand for warehouses, which have been filling around the region. Phase II of Eastgate 95, about a half hour north of Baltimore, will include more than 1 million square feet of space beginning next spring and available to new tenants by the end of the year.