Primary Connect, the Woolworths Group’s primary supply chain arm, has started the construction of its new Western Sydney distribution centre, which will service more than 400 Dan Murphy’s, BWS outlets and ALH hotels across New South Wales.
The site is located in the Oakdale West Industrial Estate, found in the Kemps Creek suburb of Liverpool and Penrith, and is expected to employ around 230 people. A further 200 jobs will be supplied by the construction process itself, with the centre anticipated to begin operations in 2022.
Angus McFadyen, Endeavor Group’s General Manager Supply Chain, said: “This purpose-build facility will help make the movement of goods easier for our suppliers and simpler for our stores.
“We carry more than 4,000 different products in our NSW stores from hundreds of suppliers, stocking everything from craft beer and small batch spirits to award-winning wines.”
The new centre will be managed by logistics specialists Primary Connect in partnership with the Endeavour Group. Primary Connect’s Acting Managing Director, Chris Brooks, believes this project will enrich the planned Western Sydney Aerotropolis, with the region’s airport slated to open in 2026.
Brooks said: “It’s a major commercial agreement for Primary Connect, [and one] which recognises the scale and capability we can offer to external partners.
“We’re delighted to partner with Endeavour Group on a brand-new development to deliver improved service to their store teams.”
Woolworths and Endeavour expect over 475,000 cartons to be processed by the new facility, handling products from more than 300 suppliers.
According to McFadyen, the centre will “ensure our customers can continue to reply on us to find a wide variety of drinks to discover and support our purpose of creating a more sociable future together”.
The Kemps Creek centre will replace the existing Erskine Park Liquor Distribution Centre which will be renewed as a grocery storage facility for Woolworths Supermarkets.