METRO VANCOUVER — Citing the daily traffic headache of getting on and off Annacis Island in Delta, a large employer has departed the industrial island for Pacific Link Industrial Park, an 83-acre business park on the shore of the Fraser River in North Surrey.

Texcan, an electrical and wire cable distributor with roughly 100 employees, opted to relocate its head office operations recently to a new build-to-suit 105,000-square-foot warehouse and office space at Pacific Link Industrial Park in Bridgeview.

The move will make it make it easier for customers, shipments and staff to come and go from the site, said Texcan president Chris Golf.

“The gridlock between Alex Fraser (Bridge) and Annacis Island just got to be too much, both from our customer and from our employee standpoint,” he said in an interview. The company was facing “a lot of challenges just with traffic problems, almost every evening,” he said. “That can impact your service.”

 

Golf said the relocation to Pacific Link gives them a central location with easier access to the region’s major highways via the South Fraser Perimeter Road (SFPR).

It took roughly two years to find the right location and footprint, he said. “We’ve doubled in space. It’s a bigger footprint both from a warehouse and an office standpoint.”

Pacific Link was developed by Vancouver-based Wesgroup Properties, which purchased the 83-acre parcel on which Pacific Link now sits in 2004, said David Wesik, vice-president of corporate development at Wesgroup.

After remediating the land, they erected the first building in 2007, he said. There are now nine industrial buildings totalling roughly 350,000 sq. ft. of space housing companies such as FedEx Freight, Hostess/Frito-Lay, Pacific Coast Express, QuikX, Williams Machinery and Lordco Auto Parts.

“This (Texcan) deal was one of the largest industrial build-to-suits, and one of the biggest office deals in Surrey in 2015,” said Darren Cannon, executive vice-president at Colliers International, which helped Texcan find the space.

 

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