In Rennes, the explosion of e-commerce has saturated the warehouse property market

Since the health crisis, the demand for warehouses and logistics platforms in and around Rennes metropolitan area has remained strong and the sector is under pressure. Powered by e-commerce, it jumped 188% from 2020 in the first half of 2021, according to the latest metric charted by Fnaim last October. The union then indicated that all commercial real estate activities in Rennes, including offices and commercial buildings, had rebounded in 2021. Let’s quote for example the development of Bretagne Services Logistiques at the end of 2020. The e-commerce and telesales specialist expanded the park With an area of ​​19,000 square meters in Torcé.

An important road connection point, to the rest of Brittany, to Paris, Normandy and Pays de la Loire, the Breton capital attracts logistics companies, but buildings to be taken over and land are becoming more and more scarce.

It is difficult to find suitable workplaces for last mile logistics. The outlook for 2022 is not encouraging. In Ille-et-Vilaine, new depots were created not far from Rennes or even within a radius of 20-40 kilometers.

Supply shortage above 5000 square meters

We’re seeing a real problem with the show Tribute to Stefan Dauphin, Director of Cushman & Wakefield Agency in Wren. ” In 2020, the health crisis was An accelerator of e-commerce and a new mode of consumption. In Rennes, the impact on the logistics market was immediate. this year, Negotiated 77 thousand square meters of warehouse, which is an increase of 30% compared to 2019. The The market has remained very dynamic last year. In the first half, nearly 50,000 square meters were signed, And over the year, we have reached more than 100,000 square meters, mainly in the logistics warehouses of classified goods and warehousing »

The demand comes from large accounts such as mass distribution companies (Intermarché, Lidl, etc.), companies specializing in e-commerce, traditional logistics (Geodis, Laahaye Global Logistics) and courier services, who want to develop their platforms and connect with their growing consumer base.

These large users are instead placed in Class A sites, equipped with high functionality and storage volume. The needs are there, but not the land.

The average demand is between 5 and 10 hectares of land. However, the market is in short supply. We can still find rooftops of less than 6000m2 but we don’t have any prospects of developing newer, larger buildings, according to ICPE (walls and fire doors), in new areas. User expectations and standards have evolved greatly, and part of the park is now outdated Adds Jean-Christophe de Laage, Director of Logistics for the Western Region for BNP Paribas Real Estate.

No industrial wasteland available in La Janais

The market retains more existing sites that are smaller but not necessarily standards-compliant, and more challenging for new warehouse projects.

In Rennes, 50,000 square meters of buildings must be developed in 2022 to meet the demand for last mile and traditional logistics. But there is no longer any land we can build on.” Sorry for Stefan Dauphin.

“This deficiency, we’ve felt was coming on for years. The crisis and e-commerce has accelerated the problem. Rain Metropol supports the development of the service sector and commercial buildings. »

In the private market, the only industrial wasteland of La Janais is located. However, the city has purchased 75 hectares since 2015 from Stellantis as part of the Industrial Reconversion 4.0 (Carbon Mobility, Sustainable Building) project. The representatives of the fans deplore the lack of exchanges on this point with society.

Logistics in the last mile has advanced even further

Given the lack of opportunities in the Rennes consumption area, agencies and clients are studying the closest possibilities, between 25 and 40 kilometers around Rennes, to the south towards Nantes or on the way to Paris.

This can prevent or modify certain development projects. The development of the project takes two years, so the following installations in the outer suburbs of Rennes will not materialize before 2023-2024 Jean-Christophe de Laage warns.

Beyond the Rennes, other regions of Brittany offer landscapes that are different or even fragmented because they are economically secondary. The municipality of Loudéac, for example, hosts the storage depots, and during this year, the Netto depots, which are set to rest on the former Leader Price arid land and a trio of (1,000 square metres).

Although smaller communities are more responsive to needs, Logistics has less need to be located in these areas Says the Fanaim.

The first Amazon warehouse in Brik near Quimper

In this scene, Amazon is quite conservative and goes through its own middlemen. The American Banner is part of the red cloth, in economic, social and environmental terms, on which the elected representatives of major cities focus.

In Brittany, the resistance was also organized. Last September, Stellantis completed the purchase of an additional 22 hectares of land at the La Janais site by Rennes Métropole, cutting off the foot of the American giant, which he coveted in part.

So Amazon will prove itself more. The conglomerate community in Briec, near Quimper, gave their approval for the installation. A 9,000-square-meter (last kilometer) warehouse is being built along the RN 165 highway, but it is sparking strong opposition from the Stop Amazon collective.

On the other hand, this prospect was well received by some entrepreneurs such as Jean-Guy Le Floch. The Armor Lux leader made 1% of its annual sales (€1 million from 100 million) for five years with Amazon, as indicated at the end of 2021 on the local channel Tébéo-Tébésud.

He is a respected customer who sells at price and without commission and opens doors to Europe (Germany and UK). For merchants in Finistere, it is an important player. »

This structure is the first of its kind in Brittany, and will serve deliveries within a radius of 100 to 150 kilometres. It could eventually employ 80 to 100 permanent employees and according to its managers, citing local newspapers, ” About 250 delivery driver jobs for the courier company, or about 350 direct jobs “.

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