Woolworths Group is investing $184 million into the construction of a 42,000 sqm, temperature controlled distribution centre in Heathwood, Queensland.
The centre, which will service more than 260 Queensland and northern New South Wales stores with chilled and frozen goods, is set to launch in the first half of 2022.
Woolworths’ supply chain arm Primary Connect said the space will be co-located with meat supplier Hilton Foods, which will consolidate delivery loads to stores and reduce the number of trucks on the road.
“This development will help us deliver better service and fresher food to our stores, take trucks off Brisbane’s roads, and create exciting new career opportunities for Queenslanders,” Primary Connect general manager for Queensland Dale Acton said.
“Over the next five years we plan to inject a total of $500 million into the Queensland economy across our store network and supply chain, e-commerce and shopping centre developments – creating more than 5,000 new jobs.”
Woolworths has signed a 15 year lease on the site, which will be built by Vaughn Construction and create 200 construction jobs.
“In these uncertain times, we need major job-creating projects that will create certainty in job opportunities and economic growth,” Lord Mayor of Brisbane Adrian Schrinner said.
“That’s what the Heathwood Distribution Centre will bring to Brisbane, by securing around 200 jobs during during construction and sustaining around 300 new jobs.”