New ‘best-in-class’ distribution centre to supply Central Australia’s supermarkets

Major supermarket retailers like Foodland and IGA, as well as liquor retailers, Cellarbrations, The Bottle-O and IGA Liquor, will be able to better meet customer demand with the development of an expansive new central distribution centre.

Ahrens is delivering the design and construct of a new $66 million-dollar distribution centre for Australia’s leading wholesaler and distributor, Metcash.

The new distribution centre will deliver operational efficiencies to the Metcash retailer network in South Australia and the Northern Territory and service the Metcash Australian Liquor Marketers operations.

The ‘best-in-class’ centre will span almost 70,000m2 – about the size of three Aussie rules football ovals.

It will provide a greater range capacity for grocery, perishables and liquor items.

As Australia’s leading vertically-integrated company offering design and construct, engineering and fabrication capabilities, Ahrens had all the right skills to deliver this mammoth project from start to finish.

The scope of the project includes a 55,000m2 ambient warehouse, 14,000m2 temperature-controlled chiller/freezer and a 4,000m2 office and amenities complex.

The fit-for-purpose design will also be built to a 4-star Green star rating.

Further works include operation dispatch and receival, plant room, services, and charging bays for about 200 forklifts.

With 53 loading docks the facility also provides greater delivery/pick up flexibility for retailers and an increased dock area in both grocery and perishables.

External to the building the site consists of 300 car parking spaces and 52,000m2 of concrete hardstand.

The new facility located in Gepps Cross, Adelaide will replace Metcash’s existing distribution centre at Kidman Park.

The project affirms Ahrens’ long-established relationship with Metcash, with this being the seventh project Ahrens has completed nationally for the company in the past 20 years.

Ahrens’ collaborative, hands-on approach to delivering high quality, value-for-money results continues to see clients return to them time and time again.

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