Primary Connect builds $184M facility to service 260 QLD and northern NSW stores

Woolworths Group supply chain arm, Primary Connect, has commenced building works on its new Heathwood Distribution Centre (DC) in southeast Queensland.

The 42,000-square-metre temperature-controlled facility will enable fresher, faster and more efficient deliveries of around 4,000 frozen and chilled products to more than 260 stores across Queensland and northern New South Wales.

The DC is set to open in the first half of 2022 and will be co-located with Woolworths’ meat supplier Hilton Foods Australia’s production facility. This will help take up to 390 truck movements off Brisbane roads each week by consolidating delivery loads to stores.

At full capacity, more than two million cartons a week will move through the Heathwood DC bringing customers chilled and frozen goods from more than 400 suppliers. The Heathwood DC is also targeting a Five Star Green Star rating from the Green Building Council of Australia, with a major solar panel system on the roof and charge points for electric trucks.

“In these uncertain times, we need major job-creating projects that will create certainty in job opportunities and economic growth,” said Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Adrian Schrinner.

“That’s what the Heathwood Distribution Centre will bring to Brisbane by securing around 200 jobs during construction and sustaining around 300 jobs after.

“Working alongside Hilton Foods Australia, this new facility will help boost consumer confidence while positioning Brisbane as the hub for a local, reliable food supply chain for Queensland.”

In other news, additional carrier services have been announced by Primary Connect to support mango growers in the Northern Territory and Queensland.