Feeding the supermarket supply chain


Metcash’s ‘best-in-class’ distribution centre has played a pivotal role in helping retailers meet increased demand.

Feeding the supermarket supply chain, national design and construction company Ahrens delivered an expansive new distribution centre for Australia’s leading wholesaler, Metcash.

The ‘best-in-class’ centre spans almost 68,000 sqm – about the size of three Aussie rules football ovals and showcases Ahrens’ solid experience in constructing large open span warehouses. The scope of the project included a 50,500 sqm ambient warehouse, 14,800m2 temperature-controlled chiller/freezer and a 2,900 sqm office and amenities complex.

Further works included operation dispatch and receival, plant room, services, and charging bays for almost 200 forklifts, which will service the expansive facility. 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 52,000 sqm of concrete hardstand.

Keeping long term sustainability in mind, the fit-for-purpose design also features a number of environmentally conscious elements to achieve a 5-star Green Star rating, including solar panels and bio-retention stormwater basins.

Major supermarket retailers including Foodland and IGA, as well as liquor retailers, Cellarbrations and The Bottle-O, are now able to better meet customer demand with the centre delivering operational efficiencies to the Metcash retailer network in South Australia and the Northern Territory.


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

Located in Gepps Cross, the new facility replaced Metcash’s existing distribution centre in Kidman Park and provided them with a greater range capacity for grocery, perishable and liquor items.

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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