Drakes to build $80 million distribution centre in SA

One of Australia’s largest independent grocery retailers Drakes Supermarkets plans to build a state-of-the-art $80 million distribution centre in South Australia, creating up to 550 jobs.

The Drakes Distribution Centre, which has received planning consent from the City of Playford and is fully funded by the South Australian family-owned business, will be locatedon a 17 hectare site at Edinburgh North.

Approximately 300 jobs are expected to be created during construction with a further 120-250 ongoing full-time equivalent positions once the centre is due to be operational by June 2019.

“This is a major investment in the sustainable future of Drakes Supermarkets in South Australia,” Drakes General Manager Bob Soang said. “It’s also a long-term investment and vote of confidence in our loyal customers and suppliers.

“As a local family-owned business we are pleased to create so many jobs in the northernsuburbs of Adelaide which have faced many challenges in recent years.

“It will be the most advanced independent distribution and logistics centre in the State andis a key plank of our group’s vertical integration strategy within the supermarket sector.” Soang said Drakes Supermarkets had worked closely with the City of Playfordthroughout the planning stages to include landscaping to improve local amenity as well as ensure little to no local traffic impact.

The City of Playford Mayor Glenn Docherty said this is a major boost for the economy tosupport the forecasted growth of 35,000 new residents in the Playford Council area by 2036.

“As the gateway to the north, we are perfectly positioned to accommodate this development, particularly with infrastructure development such as the Northern Connector Expressway,” Mayor Docherty said.

Preliminary site works have now begun on the 104,000sqm development which will have capacity to house approximately 23,000 separate lines of products including grocery, dairy and frozen foods. The site also includes an additional area for future development.

The distribution and logistics centre located on Stebonheath Road will incorporate more than $12 million of robotics as part of a high tech warehouse picking system. Drakes Supermarkets will continue to operate its fresh fruit and vegetable distribution centre at Pooraka and its meat distribution centre at Beverley.

“Each year Drakes Supermarkets spends about $20 million upgrading and refurbishing our stores across South Australia and Queensland,”  Soang said. “Now with this new distribution centre, we’re ensuring we’ll continue to offer the biggest range for South Australian shoppers for many years to come.”