Amazon is adding to its already-vast footprint in New Jersey, announcing plans for 14 new locations geared toward the last mile of its fulfillment process.
Industrial leasing stayed strong in New Jersey ahead of the COVID-19 outbreak, as experts now wait to determine the long-term impact of the pandemic on the state’s surging market for warehouse and distribution space.
Amazon continued its rapid expansion in New Jersey in the first quarter, accounting for three of the top five industrial leases in northern and central New Jersey to start the year.
The economic engine powering the New Jersey industrial real estate market will continue to be the rapidly transforming retail sector, driven primarily by relentlessly rising demand from consumers for rapid home delivery of purchases, whether from online retailers or traditional but restructured brick-and-mortar retailers.
This year’s shortened holiday shopping season has placed added pressure on retailers and their shipping partners, prompting new in-store solutions for delivery and returns and the need to hire additional seasonal workers for distribution and fulfillment.
Landlords and developers are still reaping the rewards of New Jersey’s tight industrial market, where rents continue to rise well above average asking rates.
Amazon said it won’t reopen its search for a second headquarters after pulling out of New York City, but who’s to say that Newark and other shortlisted cities will just quietly step aside?
New Jersey remains one of the nation’s most underserved markets for cold storage space, despite its potential to share in the expanding market for fresh food and online grocery delivery.
Newark appears to have fallen short in its bid to land Amazon’s coveted second headquarters, with published reports indicating that the company is leaning toward New York City and northern Virginia as part of a split location.
Dermody Properties’ 1,100-acre logistics park in Logan Township has attracted a long list of well-known users over more than decade. And the firm is now set to enter its last phase of development — breaking ground on two buildings that will add another 563,000 square feet to the portfolio.