Woolworths to invest $20M in QLD stores and distribution centre

Salvation Army Emergency Catering Unit (1)Supermarket giant Woolworths has pledged to invest A$20 million in its stores and distribution centre in Townsville over the next 18 months in an effort to help the area recover from the devastation caused by recent floods.

Woolworths said its immediate focus is to reopen Woolworths Fairfield as quickly as possible, following significant damage caused by flood waters last week.

The supermarket giant is also investing in cold storage facilities at its Townsville Distribution Centre to hold more fresh food in preparation for any future extreme weather calamities in the region.

Woolworths Group CEO Brad Banducci announced the plans in Townsville alongside Queensland minister for Communities Coralee O’Rourke and emergency relief partner The Salvation Army.

“We have a long and proud history in Townsville, and this announcement demonstrates our ongoing commitment to invest in the city for the benefit of our customers and team members,” Banducci said.

“Importantly, this investment will not only deliver a better local store network – it will also help build greater resilience into our supply chain for extreme weather events in the future.”

Banducci thanked customers for their patience and understanding as the grocery’s teams worked round the clock to replenish stores with fresh food and essentials in challenging circumstances. In the last 24 hours, the supermarket giant has transported more than 550 tonnes of fresh produce, meat and groceries into Townsville via the recently reopened roads and more trucks are en route from Brisbane today.

The Salvation Army and Woolworths partnered to launch an Emergency Appeal which will allow The Salvation Army to deliver resources in the wake of the natural disaster. The supermarket giant has donated A$250,000 and customers can also donate at any Woolworths Supermarket across Australia.

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