Nairobi based logistics Firm Bwala Africa has announced plans to set up Grade A warehousing in Kitengela.
According to Bwala Africa founder and CEO Kennedy Nyabwala, the projected state of the art logistics distribution center will be located on a 5,000 acre piece of land and will be the single unit biggest warehouse in Kenya.
Mr. Nyabwala says the facility will cost the firm Sh100 million and will be ready by August 2019.
Bwala is targeting large logistics and distribution firms which operate along key transport corridors with the 100, 000 square metres ultra-modern facility.
“This year has been great for us and we feel the need to continue serving our customers well. To that effect, we are planning huge investments that include the warehouse. Our last mile connectivity is also moving to Mombasa next month and Kisumu in January,” Nyabwala said in a statement to newsrooms.
Bwala is also planning to raise about Ksh500 million for expansion and is in talks with venture capitalists.
The firm is banking on Kenya’s projected growth to be Africa’s economic hub.
With the growth, demand for storage is expected to rise especially in Nairobi.
“We are also expanding to Uganda next year, we have gotten all the necessary requirements and we will open an office in Uganda in February,” he added.
Currently the firm has a 3, 000 square feet warehouse in Industrial Area.
Kenya’s demand of warehouses is 23.7million square foot, three times the supply at 6.9 million square foot according to Grit Real Estate Income Group.
The Group in a report released in June said that average warehouse rentals in the Kenyan market range between Sh375 and Sh484 per square metre a month, figures that are likely to increase in light of the shortage of high quality space.
A survey by real estate firm, Tilisi Developments Limited released in July this year stated companies in Kenya are struggling to find quality warehousing in the country.