ProLogis to Develop 247,000 Square Feet for SKECHERS in Belgium
- Footwear and Apparel Company Expanding with ProLogis to Support the Continued Growth of its European Business -
AMSTERDAM, June 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ProLogis (NYSE: PLD), the world's largest owner, manager and developer of distribution facilities, announced today that it will develop 247,000 square feet (23,000 square meters) of space in Belgium for SKECHERS EDC, a subsidiary of the footwear and apparel manufacturer SKECHERS USA Inc.
SKECHERS' new facility will be built along the A40, a major east-west highway, in the city of Liege, Belgium, a regional distribution and logistics hub located approximately 30 minutes west of the German border and one hour from downtown Brussels. SKECHERS, which currently leases a 241,000-square-foot (22,400-square-meter) facility immediately adjacent to its new building, is expanding to support the continued growth of its northern European business operations.
"Expansion of our operations in Belgium will strategically support our growing distribution requirements for northern Europe," said David Weinberg, SKECHERS chief operating officer. "We're very satisfied that ProLogis will once again be serving as our facilities provider and expect to realize substantial benefits for our overall supply chain as a result of our new distribution center."
"Belgium's role as a European gateway for product continues to expand as import growth and infrastructure improvements help support the country's logistics property markets," said Christian Bischoff, ProLogis managing director for northern Europe. "The Liege region is a particular hotspot, which has resulted in substantial land constraints. We are fortunate to have established a strategic development position that enables us to continue to serve our customers' evolving distribution requirements. SKECHERS is a long-time customer of ProLogis, and we are pleased to be working with them again."
SKECHERS USA, Inc., based in Manhattan Beach, California, designs, develops and markets a diverse range of footwear for men, women and children under the SKECHERS name, as well as under several uniquely branded names. Its products are available in more than 100 countries and territories.
ProLogis is the world's largest owner, manager and developer of distribution facilities, with operations in 121 markets across North America, Europe and Asia. The company has $38.8 billion of assets owned, managed and under development, comprising 526.3 million square feet (48.9 million square meters) in 2,817 properties as of March 31, 2008. ProLogis' customers include manufacturers, retailers, transportation companies, third-party logistics providers and other enterprises with large-scale distribution needs. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, ProLogis employs over 1,500 people worldwide. For additional information about the company, go to http://www.prologis.com.
Released June 11, 2008