SAN FRANCISCO, July 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Prologis, Inc. (NYSE: PLD), the leading global owner, operator and developer of industrial real estate, today announced that it has signed a lease with a global third-party logistics provider for approximately 382,000 square feet (35,490 square meters) of its Chengdu Airport Logistics Center, which is currently under construction. Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province, is the major transportation hub serving western China. The customer will occupy phase two of the project, comprising two buildings, which will be completed by December 2011 and April 2012. This lease stabilizes the entire development eight months prior to completion.
"We broke ground on phase one of this project in April 2011 and on phase two of this project in July 2011 and are already fully leased, indicating that there is significant demand for Class A logistics facilities in western China," said Gary Anderson, Prologis' chief executive officer for Europe and Asia. "A wide range of manufacturing and retail customers need space to service a rapidly growing consumer market. The park is ideally located for regional distribution and we are pleased to welcome this global customer to our project in Chengdu."
Prologis Chengdu Airport Logistics Center is adjacent to the Chengdu International Airport and near the city center, providing easy access to key transportation networks. The project represents a key market in Prologis' China portfolio, which as of March 31st totaled approximately 6.4 million square feet (594,560 square meters) of distribution space, completed or under development.
Prologis, Inc. is the leading owner, operator and developer of industrial real estate, focused on global and regional markets across the Americas, Europe and Asia. As of March 31, 2011, on a pro forma basis giving effect to the merger, Prologis owned or had investments in, on a consolidated basis or through unconsolidated joint ventures, properties and development projects expected to total more than 600 million square feet (55.7 million square meters) in 22 countries. The company leases modern distribution facilities to more than 4,500 customers, including manufacturers, retailers, transportation companies, third-party logistics providers and other enterprises.
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