Retail chain Action will be building a new distribution center in Echt-Susteren, in the province of Limburg. This will result in 230 new jobs directly, expected to grow to 600 jobs over the next two years.
Action has chosen Limburg over possible locations in Belgium and Germany. “This shows that the Netherlands has an attractive investment climate”, says Dutch minister Kamp of Economic Affairs. “The distribution center brings income and jobs to the Netherlands. And we can use those well in these difficult economic times.”
Various government bodies have lobbied actively to have the distribution center locate in Limburg. The Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA) was involved on behalf of the Dutch ministry of Economic Affairs, and cooperated closely with regional parties LIOF, province of Limburg, municipality of Echt-Susteren, land owner OML and real estate advisor CBRE.
The Action retail chain, originally a Dutch company, is now owned by the UK-based international investment company 3i Group since 2011. The first Action shop was opened in Enkhuizen in 1993. The company now has 340 branches in the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Germany. The business is seeing strong growth, particularly in France and Germany, where two new stores are opened every week. All these stores will be stocked from the distribution centre in Limburg.
Source: Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs