Woolworths has unveiled its newly upgraded Townsville Regional Distribution Centre (DC) following the completion of a $12 million expansion.
The DC is now more than double its original footprint, allowing it to hold an additional 435 fresh food and essential product lines.
Woolworths has also hired an additional 30 team members to help boost its capacity to service local stores in Townsville and Far North Queensland.
Woolworths Group’s GM for Queensland supply chain Dale Acton said this is a big moment for the local team in Townsville and the broader North Queensland community.
The upgrade of the distribution centre followed a commitment from Woolworths in February last year to invest in the Townsville store and supply-chain network.
“Townsville has faced tough times in recent years, and we wanted to do our bit to aid the economic recovery after the 2019 floods. This project has injected $12 million of fresh investment into the region, created 30 new permanent jobs and will deliver a more resilient supply chain network for our North Queensland customers,” he said.
The DC services 39 Woolworths supermarkets spanning from Sarina to Weipa – delivering fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, eggs, milk, and groceries from hundreds of suppliers, who have supported a better local range availability for North Queensland customers.
Townsville Mayor, Jenny Hill said that in the lead-up to a natural disaster such as a tropical cyclone, supermarket shelves can be stripped bare as residents prepare for impact, and flooding events can see the region cut off from the rest of the state.
“The investment made by Woolworths to expand its Townsville distribution centre means they have more stock available locally to replenish stores when needed, which is great news for the community when they’re in recovery mode.”
Woolworths delivered a full renewal of its Fairfield Central supermarket in March 2019 after it had been badly damaged by the floods.