Primary Connect, Woolworths Group’s supply chain division, plans to build two new distribution centres in Western Sydney to complete the modernisation of its New South Wales supply chain network.
The proposed 76,000-square-metre multi-storey fresh distribution centre at Wetherill Park is set to service more than 280 Woolworths stores across NSW commencing in 2023.
The site will support up to 700 ongoing jobs and more than 500 jobs throughout construction.
The temperature-controlled distribution centre will have the capacity to distribute more than 3,700 fresh produce and chilled lines.
“Wetherill Park is strategically located in close proximity to a large number of our stores, suppliers and transport providers, making it an ideal base for our fresh food distribution in NSW,” said Woolworths Group CEO, Brad Banducci.
“The co-location of fresh and chilled operations across a multi-storey site will also help remove more than 11,000 truck movements off Sydney roads each year – delivering environmental, traffic and road safety benefits to the community.”
Temperature-controlled operations at the present Sydney Regional DC in Minchinbury are expected to cease in 2024, impacting around 330 Woolworths Group team members who will be offered support in redeployment and career transition.
The new 35,000-square-metre Kemps Creek Liquor DC is scheduled to commence operations in 2022 and will be managed by Primary Connect to service more than 400 Dan Murphy’s and BWS outlets across NSW under a partnership agreement with Endeavour Group.
Kemps Creek will provide ongoing employment for around 180 team members and a further 100 jobs will be supported during construction. It will replace the current Erskine Park Liquor DC, which will be converted into an ambient grocery facility to service Woolworths Supermarkets.
“We’re pleased to be partnering with Endeavour Group on the Kemps Creek development to deliver improved service to their store teams,” said Primary Connect Managing Director, Paul Graham.” It’s a major commercial agreement for Primary Connect, which recognises the scale and capability we can offer to external partners. Importantly, the project will also deliver hundreds of new jobs on the doorstep of the fast-growing Western Sydney Aerotropolis.”