Woolworths is set to open a $184 million state-of the-art distribution centre (DC) in Queensland pending approval from Brisbane City Council.
On Friday, Woolworths lodged a Development Application (DA) with the council for a DC in the Brisbane suburb of Heathwood, designed to support fresh food deliveries across Queensland and northern New South Wales.
The 42,000 sqm temperature controlled facility will house frozen and long-life chilled products for distribution to around 260 stores.
At full capacity, more than two million cartons will move through the centre each week from more than 400 suppliers.
Woolworths chief supply chain officer Paul Graham said the facility will be key to supporting future growth in Queensland.
“We’re pleased to be investing in our Queensland supply chain network for the benefit of our customers,” Graham said.
“This development will help us deliver fresher food to customers, take trucks off Brisbane’s roads, and create new career opportunities for hundreds of Queenslanders.”
Woolworths’ meat supplier Hilton Meats will also have a production facility on the site, which will help reduce truck movements.
Woolworths will sign an initial 15 year lease on the site with the majority of the investment funded by LOGOS.
The retailer is putting a heavy focus on technology and automation of late, with a number of eStores set to open this year.
A 2,400 square metre facility is being added to the back of the Carrum Downs grocery store in southeast Melbourne, and will house state-of-the-art automated picking technology to support the supermarket’s online orders.