The first part of the new logistics hub of the Danish household goods chain JYSK in the Bozhurishte Industrial Zone near Sofia will become operational as of this month. The construction works started in the summer of 2017, when the company announced its plans to invest EUR 100 million to build its fourth logistic center in the world in Bulgaria to supply its stores in Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Serbia. The other centers of the chain are located in Denmark, Sweden and Poland.
Both the project and the construction were entrusted to Bulgarian contractors after a tender. The center includes two tall buildings with a total capacity of 121 632 pallets. The tall buildings reach 16 floors (42.5 m), making them the tallest warehouses in Bulgaria. The plot covers an area of 300 000 sq. m. and the built-up area – just over 90 000 sq. m. In addition to the tall bodies, the base also includes a transport corridor, a reception area, an Internet trade area, administrative buildings and parking lots. An average of 200 trucks will pass through the center daily.
Тhe two high bays of the distribution center are fully automated and no personnel will work there. The goods will be managed by 42-meter railroad cranes.
The new base will open around 300 new permanent jobs in the fields of transport, manual operation of goods, etc. The administrative team of the company in Sofia will also relocate to the center of Bozhurishte.
The Danish chain has estimated that the warehouses near Sofia will save 10 million kilometers a year for supplies of goods in the Balkan region. A total of 270 chain stores in the Balkan countries will be served from here. JYSK has 18 stores in Bulgaria and another 14 new stores are planned to be opened by the end of this year.
The JYSK chain was founded in 1979 by the Danish tradesman Lars Larsen and today it has more than 2 500 stores in 49 countries. The group’s turnover totaled EUR 3.35 billion for the 2016/2017 fiscal year .
The article is based on information from Regal 100.