The supermarket giant has announced a new state-of the-art temperature controlled distribution centre in a major Australian capital city.
Woolworths has lodged a Development Application (DA) with the Brisbane City Council for a new 42,000 sqm facility in Heathwood, located southwest of Brisbane’s CBD.
At full capacity, more than two million cartons a week will move through the Heathwood DC bringing customers fresh chilled goods from more than 400 suppliers.
The Heathwood Distribution Centre (DC) will be co-located with Woolworths’ meat supplier Hilton Meats’ production facility.
A Woolworths spokesperson said the temperature controlled facility will enable fresher, faster and more efficient deliveries of frozen and long-life chilled products to around 260 stores across Queensland and northern New South Wales.
The $184m investment in the Heathwood DC is majority funded by LOGOS (property development costs of $148m), with Woolworths signing an initial 15 year lease on the site.
Paul Graham, Woolworths Chief Supply Chain Officer said the company is pleased to be investing in its Queensland supply chain network.
“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,” Paul said.
“The extra capacity through the Heathwood DC will be key to supporting our future growth in Queensland for many years to come.”
If approved by Council, the project is expected to create around 200 jobs throughout construction.