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Last-mile fashion distributor leases 400,000 s/f in New Jersey

Order fulfillment provider Bergen Logistics has signed the biggest industrial deal in the Meadowlands  in over a year.

The company  – a last-mile fashion and life style specialist – has leased 404,000 s/f to open a  fully automated distribution center at 299 Thomas E. Dunn Memorial Highway, in Rutherford, NJ.

Based in North Bergen, NJ, Bergen Logistics uses automation and robotics to service consumer products brands in the fashion, apparel, cosmetics and other lifestyle sectors.“This transaction, which will result in the creation of about 200 new jobs, enables us to further expand our operations with a well-suited building that is close to our other distribution facilities,” said Ron Roman, president and CEO of Bergen Logistics. “The building’s proximity and ease of access to rail, air and other transportation also makes it a desirable enhancement to our assets.”

The long-term lease of the recently renovated Murray Metro Distribution Center was handled by Cushman & Wakefield Director Bonni Heller from the East Rutherford office. Landlord Murray Construction Company, Inc. was represented in house by Michael Nachtome, COO, and by CBRE Executive Vice President and lead broker Thomas Monahan and his team.

“Bergen Logistics professionals are known for their customer-first approach, and the company has a reputation for deploying facilities that are on the forefront in technology and automation,” said Heller. “This kind of attention to customer detail has helped drive the company’s growth and fueled the need for more space.

“General distribution, consumer goods, apparel, e-commerce companies and others have found the Meadowlands, in particular, to be a very attractive location thanks to the easy access it offers to the New York market and convenience to air, road and shipping. Further, the influx of companies here has increased demand for facilities like the Murray Metro Distribution Center, which has been enhanced by upgrades like new rooftop HVAC units, new loading dock doors and levelers, and T5 energy-efficient fixtures.”

Located off exit 16W of the New Jersey Turnpike, the 25.5-acre property is about 15 minutes from Newark Liberty International Airport. New York’s La Guardia Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport are about 30 and 40 minutes away, respectively. The facility features 24-foot ceiling height; with 39 tailboard doors, ample trailer parking and space for more than 315 cars, in addition to 30,000 square feet of office space.

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