SPAR opens new Distribution Centre in Brisbane

SPAR has officially opened its new 13,400sqm Distribution Centre within ESR Australia’s Acacia Ridge Businesses Park in Brisbane.

The centre will service over 240 branded and independent retail supermarkets across the Eastern Seaboard and is set to employ over 80 people, which will contribute to the employment of an additional 2500 workers who will work across the network of SPAR stores.

Lou Jardin, Australia’s Managing Director of SPAR, said locating the distribution facility in Acacia Ridge was a strategic decision.

“Consolidating operations to the Acacia Ridge site enables SPAR to better service its network of licensees, the majority of which are family-run small businesses, who support their local community by offering the best service.

“SPAR decided to keep operations in Queensland to continue supporting the local economy and contribute to the growth opportunities across the industrial industry. It’s been a great experience working with ESR Australia, who share this vision for the region.”

The opening event, held on 13 October, was officiated by The Honourable Graham Perrett, Member for Moreton, while John Dobrenov, Senior Project Manager from ESR Australia, welcomed the official party and introduced the Welcome to Country which included a traditional smoking ceremony.

The new distribution centre will benefit both existing and future SPAR Australia customers due to its greater logistic efficiencies for retailers and that it has been designed for future growth of the SPAR network.

Phil Pearce, CEO of ESR Australia, said the opening of SPAR’s distribution facility within ESR Australia’s Acacia Ridge Business Park exemplifies the robust growth within Queensland’s industrial sector, fuelled by growing demand for local manufacturing and distribution facilities.

ESR Australia has created a cutting-edge facility, drawing on its internal integrated development capability of developing the highest-quality sustainable industrial facilities.

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