An e-shop focused on products for entertainment, home and garden, based in the Karlovy Vary region, is taking another important step in its history. After reaching a turnover of 200 million crowns in 2021 and less than three years after the entry of strategic partner Gorilla Sports Holding AG, it is opening a new modern distribution center with an area of more than 4,000 square meters in Panattoni Park Ostrov North in Horní Žďár. The center will be part of the growth of the Global Sports Group, which includes more than just fitness products.
"This project confirms that the industrial infrastructure we build does not only serve multinational corporations. After demanding demolition and rehabilitation, we managed to prepare an industrial zone for the growth of companies with great potential, such as the Kokiska company," explains Pavel Sovička, CEO of Panattoni for the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
"It is a big turning point in the history of a company based on people with family and friendly relations, towards the modernization of processes, to ensure the possibility of further growth not only in the Czech Republic, but also in the whole of Eastern Europe," says Jakub Kokštein, CEO of the Kokiska company. Since the start of construction, the company has expanded its foreign operations, in addition to the existing Slovakia, Poland and Hungary, to include Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania. Since this year, it has also added products from the parent company Gorilla Sports and Maxxus to the portfolio on the Slovak and Croatian markets. "It is clear that the company will expand its scope in existing foreign markets, and other countries will probably follow soon. We will be among the first to enter new markets and continue to modernize our processes. Staying on the e-commerce market in today's complex times is not easy, but also thanks to the speed and quality of the new distribution center from Panattoni, we believe that the growth of the company will continue and customer satisfaction at the level of 98% at Heureka will continue to be our calling card," he adds Jakub Kokstein.
Panattoni Park Ostrov North was created by the revitalization of the area after the Škoda Ostrov plant, one of the largest brownfields in the Czech Republic. During the remediation, 12,700 tons of hazardous waste were sorted for ecological disposal according to the type of contamination right on the premises. Overall, during the demolition of the former site, 98.7% of the original construction and demolition waste was recycled. An investment of five million crowns also went to the construction of a cycle path in the vicinity of the industrial park.
"The island in Karlovy Vary is a historically industrial area, and we have built on this strong connection by successfully regenerating another part of the former brownfield. We are investing in the infrastructure for business and we are pleased to be able to support the growth of the regional e-commerce champion, the company Kokiska," says Milan Kratina, CEO of the Accolade Group, adding that it is a pleasure to see more and more companies with Czech owners among the tenants.