Australia’s Woolworths breaks ground on £75m distribution centre in Victoria

WCN Editorial Team 5 Aug 2019 ASIA BUILDINGS

Australian supermarket giant Woolworths has broken ground on the A$135m (£75.3m) Melbourne Fresh Distribution Centre (MFDC) in Truganina in Victoria, Australia.

Being built by Vaughan Constructions, the new facility will be co-located with Woolworths’ meat supplier Hilton Meats’ production facility.

Intended to replace Woolworths’ current operations at Mulgrave, the facility will store and deliver fresh produce and chilled products to hundreds of Victorian supermarkets.

The MFDC is expected to create 200 jobs during the construction phase and 300 permanent new jobs once operational in 2020.

Woolworths chief supply chain officer Paul Graham said: “This development will help us deliver top quality fruit and vegetables to our customers fresher, faster and more efficiently than ever before.

“At one-and-a-half times the size of the MCG field, the distribution centre will provide a significant uplift in capacity to support our continued growth in Victoria.

“We’re proud to be investing in a best-in-class supply chain network in Victoria – delivering fresher food to our customers, taking trucks off Melbourne’s roads, and creating hundreds of new jobs.”

The facility features 45,152m² built area, which includes 26,298m² of warehousing, a further 5,631m² of ambient warehouse, a 195m² operations office, and a 1,885m² administrative office.

Additionally, hardstand of 57,283m² will include loading docks, parking, and truck wash and maintenance areas.
The new distribution centre is majority funded by landowner Charter Hall, with Woolworths signing an initial lease for 15 years.

Victorian Minister for Ports and Freight Melissa Horne said: “The Andrews Labor Government is focused on delivering a range of initiatives to take thousands of trucks off local streets, build better connections for producers, and ensure Victoria remains Australia’s freight and logistics capital.

“The West Gate Tunnel Project will remove trucks from local streets and cut travel times for freight as we continue to work and on the business case for the Western Interstate Freight Terminal (WIFT) – a world-class freight and logistics precinct, including an interstate intermodal terminal.”

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Image: Officials from Vaughan Constructions, Woolworths and Charter Hall during the ground-breaking ceremony of Woolworths’ MFDC in Truganina, Australia. Photo: courtesy of Vaughan Constructions Pty Ltd.

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