Metro has officially marked the start of construction to modernize its Ontario distribution network, hosting a groundbreaking ceremony with its Ontario leadership team on the grounds of what will become the new, semi-automated Fresh Distribution Centre in Etobicoke, ON.
The investment, announced in October 2017, will modernize the supply chain infrastructure to be more responsive to customer needs, enabling the company to continue its expansion in the Ontario market.
The modernization project includes a new fresh foods facility and a new frozen foods facility, both with state-of-the-art technology to provide improved product assortment, products freshness, selection accuracy and improved service for Metro’s customers and store network.
This first distribution centre is located at 17 Vickers Road in the Toronto municipality of Etobicoke.
Construction will take place in two phases, through to 2023, to ensure existing facilities can continue to operate throughout the build and ensure that operations transitions smoothly to the new facilities once completed.
The complete modernization program, which includes new Fresh and Frozen distribution centres along with administrative offices, is expected to cover more than 700,000 square feet.