Woolworth's new state-of-the-art Heathwood Distribution Centre was unveiled today. The 42,000 sqm temperature-controlled facility is located 20km southwest of Brisbane's CBD and will service 280 Queensland and northern NSW Woolworths stores.
The distribution centre has been partly operational since November 2021, as it was used to support Woolworths stores through the Christmas rush. Construction of the facility has created more than 200 local jobs, and when it is completed will see 300 ongoing jobs for Queenslanders.
"The importance of a strong, responsive and resilient supply chain has come into sharp focus during the pandemic and the most recent extreme weather events. As well as strengthening our network capability, this new state-of-the-art facility is an important part of our ongoing commitment to investing in Brisbane - and across broader Queensland - to support jobs growth and help us deliver high-quality products to our customers fresher, faster and more efficiently than ever before." Said Brad Banducci, Woolworths Group CEO.
The distribution centre is a $184 million investment for Woolworths. With Brisbane being Australia's fastest-growing capital city, it is an ideal location for the world-class facility.
The centre will feature 4000 solar panels that will provide 100 percent of the site's power during peak periods. There will be a discharge rainwater tank which captures 3 million litres of rainwater and gentle runoff, grassed grounds, provisions for electric trucks and cars, and onsite native bee colonies. The building is targeting a 5 Star Green Star Certification for sustainability.