The Courier Guy signs for a new 10,000m2 facility at Atterbury’s King Air Industria development
16 October 2020
The Courier Guy has chosen King Air Industria as the new base for its Western Cape operations.
Recognised as the fastest growing courier company in South Africa, The Courier Guy has outgrown its current premises and sought a bigger facility to accommodate its ongoing expansion. It identified the 72ha King Air Industria as its ideal location with the necessary security and flexibility for its immediate needs and future growth requirements.
The superbly located fit-for-purpose facility at King Air Industria is being developed by leading property investors and developers Atterbury Property and Old Mutual Properties just minutes from Cape Town International Airport.
To start, The Courier Guy’s new facility will provide 2,000m2 offices and 8,112m2 warehouse space in its first phase. The building’s design provides the ability to almost double the size of their facility over 10 years, without paying a premium now.
James Ehlers, Development Director for Atterbury, comments, “We are thrilled to announce the first development and long-term lease at King Air Industria with The Courier Guy. Deals of this scale are scarce in general, and even more so now considering the current global economic climate as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our R3bn King Air Industria development represents valuable private sector investment in SA’s economic recovery.”
Stephen Gleisner, Managing Director of The Courier Guy, says, “The Courier Guy is excited to partner with Atterbury on the development of a state-of-the-art logistics facility in Cape Town and thanks Atterbury for their professionalism and efficiency in this process. The new distribution centre will allow The Courier Guy to further entrench our core values of customer service and on-time delivery in the greater Cape Town area.”
The deal was introduced by Guy de la Porte from Airport Property, who says that Atterbury provided an unbeatable turnkey proposal for The Courier Guy. He adds, “King Air Industria provides The Courier Guy with all the benefits of a world-class industrial park, situated very close to Cape Town International Airport's Freight terminal."
For more than 26 years, Atterbury has delivered excellent property development, investment and asset management solutions in SA and internationally. It has won the SAPOA Excellence Award for Industrial Development three times in the past few years for its Weston, Hilti HQ and Amrod projects in Waterfall, Gauteng.
Mia Kitshoff, head of Atterbury’s leasing in Cape Town adds, “Securing a business of the calibre of The Courier Guy is an endorsement that King Air Industria’s on-site infrastructure and security features are top class. It is certainly the first of its kind available to businesses in the Cape Town International Airport area, and this is one of the reasons that the park is already attracting keen interest in the market.”Another critical aspect of the development is that every element of The Courier Guy’s new facility is designed to support its efficient operations. Three sides of its warehouse have a dock face, and there are almost 100 doors into the warehouse.
As a worldwide courier company obsessed with excellent service, the superior accessibility of any facility is imperative for The Courier Guy, and this is precisely what King Air Industria provides. Furthermore, the new facility will have two access-and-egress points to enable excellent traffic flows, which translates to efficient product flow.
King Air Industria is on a prime site between Airport Approach-, Borcherds Quarry-, Robert Sobukwe and Pallotti roads. It benefits from the city’s extensive upgrades to Robert Sobukwe- and Borcherds Quarry roads, and the developers are investing in upgrades to King Air Industria’s surrounding roads. King Air Industria offers excellent traffic flows in the region via the N2 highway.
The construction of King Air Industria’s infrastructure started in October 2019 and, despite the COVID-19 business disruption, the initial phase is on track for completion in March 2021. Construction of The Courier Guy facility will begin this October and will be completed early 2021 to allow The Courier Guy to commence trading from its new premises on 1 July 2021.
The development of King Air Industria creates quality space for local and multinational businesses that prioritise being close to the Cape Town International Airport and value easy access to major arterial roads. The King Air Industria Cape Town site allows for the development of 280,000m2 of facilities, with its buildings ranging from 2,500m2 to 150,000m2.