Metro plans to invest $400 million over six years in its Ontario distribution network to modernize operations in Toronto.
Between 2018 and 2023, Metro will build a new distribution facility and a new frozen food distribution centre, which will incorporate technological improvements such as automation.
"This investment will enable Metro to continue its growth and expansion in the Ontario market," says Eric R. La Flèche, president and CEO of Metro Inc. "With a new and modernized supply chain infrastructure, we will be even more responsive to the needs of our customers."
The company's existing distribution network in Toronto was built more than 50 years ago and the new distribution centres will provide "improved product assortment and selection accuracy as well as more flexibility, which will allow us to improve service to our store network and customers," says Carmen Fortino, executive vice president and Metro's Ontario division head.
Metro currently operates six distribution centres in Ontario. Four centres are located in Toronto and two in Ottawa. Together, they provide employment to more than 1,500 employees. The company says its decision to modernize and automate a part of its distribution network will result in an anticipated loss of approximately 180 full-time and 100 part-time positions starting in 2021.