Co-operative Group opens £22 millon distribution centre
The Co-operative Group has opened a new state-of-the-art distribution centre in Avonmouth following a £22 million investment.
The new state-of-the art facility will create more than 200 new jobs and employ 900 people by the time it is fully operational in May 2013.
Measuring 435,750 sq ft, the multi-temperature depot will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and serve around 500 Co-operative food stores in Bristol, north Somerset and South Wales.
Steve Murrells, chief executive of Co-operative Food, explained: “Our new composite distribution centre is a major investment, which will provide significant employment locally and will boost the local economy.
“Avonmouth is in the perfect location to serve our stores across the South West and South Wales.”
The opening forms part of a major overhaul of The Co-operative’s food logistics network following its acquisition of Somerfield in 2009. The overhaul aims to upgrade existing facilities, improve supply chain performance and help create a platform for a superior store service.
Avonmouth features several energy-saving and recycling initiatives, including rainwater harvesting to reduce water demand on site and energy-saving lighting, which will provide a 60% decrease in energy costs while increasing lamp life.
Murrells added: “The Co-operative Group’s logistics service has undergone a major overhaul in recent years to keep pace with the significant growth of the food business. This investment will mean we have an efficient and modern logistics network, while also allowing for further growth.”
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