Rimi Baltic com­mences con­struc­tion of a ma­jor lo­gis­tics cen­tre in Riga

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Rimi Baltic has com­menced con­struc­tion of a re­tail trade in­dus­try project in Riga. This project will at­tract in­vest­ments of EUR 75 mil­lion and make Latvia a Baltic lo­gis­ti­cal hub, as BNN was in­formed by the project’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

On Tues­day, 21 March, the foun­da­tion was put for Rimi Baltic’s main lo­gis­tics cen­tre and food pro­cess­ing fac­tory in Riga, A.Deglava Street 161. The fes­tive cer­e­mony was at­tended by Riga Mayor Nils Ushakovs, Swe­den’s am­bas­sador to Latvia His Ex­cel­lency Hen­rik Lan­der­holm and the man­age­ment of Rimi Baltic and Rimi Latvia.

Rimi Baltic Chair­man Edgar Se­se­mann com­ments: «This is the 20th ju­bilee year for Rimi Baltic in Latvia and Baltic States. Com­mence­ment of con­struc­tion of the main lo­gis­tics cen­tre is a his­tor­i­cal event, be­cause here we cel­e­brate the be­gin­ning of im­por­tant changes in Latvia’s re­tail trade in­dus­try – ex­pan­sion and mod­ern­iza­tion of our com­pany. It will be Rimi Baltic’s big­gest project so far. It will also prove to be an im­por­tant in­vest­ment into the de­vel­op­ment of the re­gion’s na­tional econ­omy. The to­tal in­vest­ment amount in this project reaches EUR 75 mil­lion.»

The project will ex­pand Rimi’s ex­ist­ing lo­gis­tics cen­tre and of­fice build­ing – its area will reach 10,000 m2. The to­tal area of the ex­panded ware­house and of­fice space will ex­ceed 90,000 m2. It will be the largest build­ing ever built in the his­tory of in­de­pen­dent Latvia. In­crease of space also means 150% climb for ex­ports of lo­gis­ti­cal ser­vices, the project’s au­thors ex­plain.

Rimi Latvia chair­man Valdis Turlais explains that con­struc­tion of a main lo­gis­tics cen­tre and cen­tral­iza­tion of all lo­gis­tics will likely dou­ble the in­flow of lo­gis­tics and ex­pand Latvia’s ex­port­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties. «It is an im­por­tant step for Riga to be­come a Baltic re­gional busi­ness cen­tre,» Turlais added.

Depo pro­jekts is the au­thor of Rimi lo­gis­tics cen­tre and of­fice ex­pan­sion project. This enor­mous project is di­vided into seven sep­a­rate con­struc­tion projects. All of them are planned to be com­pleted in 2020.

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