Woolworths opens $184M DC

Supermarket company, Woolworths, has unveiled its latest temperature controlled facility.

The new Heathwood Distribution Centre (DC) is 42,000 square metres and 20 kilometres south west of Brisbane’s CBD

It complements Woolworths Group’s current Queensland network, servicing 280 Queensland and northern New South Wales Woolworths stores with faster, fresher and more efficient deliveries of chilled and frozen goods.

Creating more than 200 local jobs during its construction and approximately 300 ongoing jobs for Queenslanders, the DC has been partly operational since November 2021 to support Woolworths Group’s network in the lead-up to Christmas.

“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,” said Woolworths Group CEO, Brad Banducci.

“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.”

Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, said private sector investment in new infrastructure and jobs was crucial to rebuilding Queensland’s economy in the wake of Covid-19.

“Throughout the pandemic and again, during severe weather events this year, Queenslanders have gained a great appreciation for the important role distribution centres play in their lives,” said Palaszczuk.

“This centre will not only create local jobs – it will grow the supply chain here in the southeast and help to ensure that Queenslanders always have access to food and other essentials.

“At $184 million and three times the size of Suncorp Stadium, this is no small investment.

“Having the Woolworths group choose Heathwood as the location for this brand new hub is a vote of confidence in our community and a sign that Queensland’s economy is roaring back to life.”

In October 2020, Woolworths Group unveiled a $12 million upgrade of its Townsville Regional DC – more than doubling its original footprint. It also operates the 92,000-square-metre Brisbane Regional Distribution Centre at Larapinta to sort and deliver fresh and ambient goods to stores across the state.

In other news, earlier this year, Primary Connect, the supply chain arm of Woolworths Group, awarded several industry partners for exceptional service.