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Woolworths adds two new Sydney distribution centres

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Plans have been unveiled for a Woolworths fresh food distribution centre and liquor distribution centre (DC) to be built in Western Sydney.

A $400 million fresh food DC in Wetherill Park has received investment approval after a proposal was lodged earlier this year.

A separate planning proposal will be lodged for a liquor DC in Kemps Creek this week.

Both sites are subject to approval from the New South Wales Department of Planning.

Primary Connect, Woolworths Group supply chain arm, commenced construction at the Moorebank supply chain hub in May this year.

The 76,000 sqm multi-storey fresh distribution centre at Wetherill Park is set to service more than 280 Woolworths stores across NSW from 2023.

700 ongoing jobs will be created at the site and a further 500 roles throughout construction.

The temperature-controlled distribution centre will have the capacity to distribute more than 3,700 fresh produce and chilled lines

Brad Banducci, Woolworths Group CEO, says the DC will provide an uplift in capacity to support continued growth in NSW.

“The co-location of fresh and chilled operations across a multi-storey site will also help remove more than 11,000 truck movements off Sydney roads each year – delivering environmental, traffic and road safety benefits to the community,” he says.

The Wetherill Park DC will replace the current fresh network in NSW, which is nearing capacity.

The 35,000 sqm Kemps Creek Liquor DC will service more than 400 Dan Murphy’s and BWS outlets across NSW under a partnership agreement with Endeavour Group starting in 2022.

100 jobs will be provided during construction and 180 team members will be employed at the centre upon completion.

It will replace the current Erskine Park Liquor DC, which will be converted into an ambient grocery facility to service Woolworths Supermarkets.

Paul Graham, Primary Connect Managing Director, says the company has agreed to an initial five year lease on the site.

“Importantly, the project will also deliver hundreds of new jobs on the doorstep of the fast-growing Western Sydney Aerotropolis,” Paul says.

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