UNIS to add nearly 1M square feet near Port of Virginia
Construction expected to be completed in 2023
California-based third-party logistics company UNIS LLC plans to open two sites near the Port of Virginia next year, comprising nearly 1 million square feet.
Industrial Realty Group LLC, which will construct the buildings, announced the project last week. It includes a 910,000-square-foot high volume, cross dock terminal in Suffolk and a 72,000-square-foot transload facility in Portsmouth. Both sites include trailer parking areas, according to IRG, which is one of the nation’s largest industrial real estate developers. Location and customizable building plans were major factors for UNIS.
The amount of investment was not disclosed.
“We’ve worked alongside incredible partners to develop a creative plan, unifying the two properties into what will be a highly efficient project for UNIS,” said IRG Senior Vice President Justin Lichter “It’s the right tenant, in the right market, with the right conditions. The port’s support has been invaluable. It has created a development-friendly atmosphere that fosters growth.”
UNIS is new to Virginia, Lauren Crumrine, IRG’s marketing director, said in an email. Construction is anticipated to begin in the spring with completion planned for 2023. UNIS operates more than 14 million feet of fulfillment space in 28 warehouses in 16 major markets across the United States. Founded in 1989, the company now operates more than 500 trucks.
“The strategic move to operate in the Port of Virginia will allow our current and future clients more flexibility to operate their businesses in another great port city,” said UNIS Chief Commercial Officer Scott Simanek. “The addition of the Port of Virginia now has UNIS operating in all the Top 10 U.S. ports. We look forward to working with the port and with our future clients. We continue with our mantra that if we build it, our clients will come.”
The Port of Virginia operates six terminals and a chassis pool and processed a record 3.5 million TEUs (20-foot equivalent units) in 2021, up from 2.8 million in 2020.