150 new jobs created by clothing retailers moving into Fort Garry industrial site

A massive industrial building in Fort Garry has new ownership.

Warehouse One, Ricki's, Bootlegger, Cleo will establish distribution sites in 427,000 sq. ft. building

Several clothing retailers will turn a large building in a Fort Garry industrial park into head offices and distribution centres. (Google Maps)

A massive industrial building in Fort Garry has new ownership.

Parian Logistics, an affiliate of Stern Partners, announced this week they purchased a 427,000-square-foot office and distribution centre at 1530 Gamble Place in Fort Garry, formerly the site of the TruServ Canada/Ace Canada head office and distribution centre.

They will employ 350 people at the site, Parian said.

The building on the 28.6-acre parcel will be used by several clothing retailers and 150 additional employees will be hired as a result. The property will be the future head offices and distribution centre for Warehouse One and Ricki's, as well as the distribution centre for Bootlegger and Cleo.

"It's incredibly valuable just in ultimately protecting our future and allowing continued growth, especially in the e-commerce space," said Neil Armstrong, president of Warehouse One, in an interview.

His jeans retailer will move into the facility next January, while the other stores will follow later in the year. The renovation will be complete by early 2020.

The remaining 70,000 feet of the building will be leased to a third party, according to a news release.

Parian Logistics aims to develop the adjoining 10.5-acre parcel in the centre, which they describe as "one of the most desirable industrial areas of the city."

Warehouse One is operated by Stern Partners, which acquired Comark Inc. in 2015, which owns the Bootleggers, Ricki's and Cleo banners.

Armstrong said the four businesses were bursting at the seams at their present locations.

"We all have our own space challenges and this solves all of it at once."

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