Bristol shortage of large distribution sheds

The Bristol area is suffering from a shortage of available large distribution warehouses following the letting of the last major space in the area, according to property specialists Colliers International.

JJ Food Service has taken a 35,000 square feet unit at the Cobden Centre, Folly Brook Road, Emersons Green, Bristol, as part of its nationwide chain of food distribution depots.

JJ Food Service, which started in a 3,000 feet warehouse in Hornsey, North London in 1988 has opened the new base as part of its service to the wholesale and restaurant food trade.

Jonathan Allen, distribution and warehouse specialist at Colliers International in Bristol, who brokered the deal said: “JJ Food Service will use this new centre as their gateway to the greater Bristol area and the letting highlights a shortage of such space now available.

“It was one of the last buildings available in this size range in the greater Bristol area and with no speculative development going on there is a real danger of the city losing out on distribution business in the future.

“We have seen three years where developers have been reluctant to commit to new schemes and in that time the prime space has almost all been taken up. With JJ Food Service taking this space, we are fast running out of good quality units.

“In the current economic situation it is disappointing that nothing is being done to stimulate the distribution and warehouse market. Bristol’s Enterprise Zone near Temple Meads is primarily an office location and we would like to see a similar stimulus given to the distribution market locally.”