Amazon and M7 agree new lease on Scottish warehouse

Amazon has agreed a new deal on a lease at its 300,000 square foot warehouse in Gourock, Scotland, where it has had operations since 2004.

Amazon had been in legal dispute with the property’s new owners, who bought the leased property earlier this year. Owners M7 gave Amazon six months’ notice to quit as soon as the original lease was due to end on 31 August this year.

On basis of the legality of the short notice (Amazon claimed the contract demanded at least a year’s notice) the retailer challenged M7 in the Court of Session in Edinburgh. The court backed the landlords, but while Amazon moved to appeal the decision a new lease was agreed.

It is believed that there had been no uplift in rent for many years, and it is also believed that Amazon is to pay considerably more under the new deal.

An Amazon spokesperson said: “We understand this has been a concerning time for our associates and are pleased to confirm we have reached an agreement with the landlord to extend the lease of our fulfilment centre in Gourock which maintains our operation in Inverclyde.”

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