Asdas new depot will serve 123 stores

Asda's new depot will serve 123 stores

Asda has begun work on a GBP70m (US$105.6m) chilled and frozen food depot in the south west of England, after receiving planning permission from local authorities.

A 485,000-square-foot temperature controlled warehouse and a 131,000-square-foot service centre will be built on a 50-acre site in Avonmouth, near Bristol, Asda said this week.

The site will replace Asda's existing facility in the area has been designed to incorporate a recycling centre, as well as energy saving technology, the Wal-Mart-owned retailer said.

“This is an exciting opportunity to support our future growth in the south west," said Ant Everett, head of network development for Asda distribution.

The new Avonmouth depot is expected to be operational in time for Christmas trading and is expected to supply 123 stores. Asda has around 500 stores across the UK.

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£70m ASDA investment given the go ahead

Following a successful planning application, Asda is pleased to announce that work has
begun on a replacement Chilled and Frozen distribution centre at Portside, Avonmouth, to
replace their existing facility at Bristol.

The £70 million investment will provide a 485,000 sq ft temperature controlled warehouse
along with a new 131,000 sq ft Asda Service Centre on a 50 acre site and will have the
capacity to support 123 stores and pick 3 million cases per week during peak trading period.

The new depot, which features a high standard of carbon reduction and energy saving
initiatives, is expected to open later this year, with the recycling centre scheduled shortly
afterwards. Colleagues will transfer from the current site in time for the peak Christmas
trading period.

This investment will provide Asda with the capacity to support business growth from both
existing and new store openings in the coming years.

Ant Everett, Head of Network Development for ASDA Distribution, said:

“This is an exciting opportunity to support our future growth in the south west while providing
long term job security for our colleagues.

“Not only are we investing £70m in the local area, but we’re investing in green technology
too.

“Our construction partners, Bericote and McLaren Construction, have successfully delivered
two new depots in Rochdale and Grangemouth for us in the last twelve months and we look
forward to working with them on this project.”

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