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Z Gallerie to Open 225,000 Square-Foot Warehouse in Lithia Springs

JLL Represents the West Coast-Based Furniture Retailer

/EIN News/ -- ATLANTA, Jan. 19, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- JLL (NYSE:JLL) announced today it has represented Z Gallerie in its plans to open an east coast distribution and customer service center at Skyview Business Center in Lithia Springs, west of Atlanta. The distribution center is expected to create 115 jobs and be fully operational by 2019. JLL Senior Vice President Steve Grable, SIOR and Executive Vice President Barry Hill represented Z Gallerie in the lease negotiations.

Based in Los Angeles, Z Gallerie operates 68 stores nationwide. The fashion-forward furniture retailer has a local presence with two Georgia stores at Atlantic Station in Atlanta and Perimeter Mall in Dunwoody. Z Gallerie currently supports all its stores and e-commerce business nationwide from one warehouse on the West Coast.

Z Gallerie’s new facility represents a $3.7 million investment to support east coast distribution and overall growth. The innovative distribution facility features office and warehousing space with 34 loading docks, two drive-in bays, a 32-foot clearance height, an ESFR sprinkler system and energy efficient T-5 lighting.

The home furnishings retailer considered several Southeast states for its new distribution center, including Tennessee, South Carolina and Georgia. Metro Atlanta emerged as the optimal location due to labor availability, state incentives and logistical access. The new distribution center will improve operations and create a more cost-effective supply chain.

“Metro Atlanta’s superior logistics framework, proximity to the Norfolk Southern and CSX rail lines and access to the Georgia Ports Authority import centers in Savannah are some of the key drivers in Z Gallerie’s decision,” said Grable, a member of JLL’s Supply Chain and Logistics Solutions Team.

“The JLL team was key in gathering market data to help Z Gallerie make the best real estate decision,” said Victor Navarrette, Vice President of Operations with Z Gallerie.

“We are excited to provide our east coast customers with a more timely service experience in the near future,” added Navarrette.

Z Gallerie’s announcement follows a record-breaking year for Atlanta’s industrial real estate market. According to JLL’s fourth quarter 2016 Industrial Insight report, Metro Atlanta surpassed 16 million square feet of absorption for the first time since 2000.

CBRE’s Trey Barry, Todd Barton and Greg Haynes represented the landlord, Huntington Industrial Partners, in the lease.

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