Woolworths opens first Queensland dark store

Inside Woolworths’ first Queensland dark store, anticipated to fulfil 30,000 weekly orders.

Woolworths has opened its first Queensland customer fulfilment centre – also known as a dark store – at Goodman’s Rochedale Motorway Estate.

The 10,000 square metre facility at 11 Interchange Place, 18 kilometres south east of Brisbane, will stock some 25,000 items.

With wider aisles and more shelf space than a supermarket, it will only be open for personal shoppers, delivering an anticipated 30,000 orders per week for a mix of home delivery and ‘direct to boot’ clients.

The rooftop holds 850 solar panels, expected to provide about 20 per cent of the building’s annual energy consumption.

“Rochedale Motorway Estate – and Woolworths’ facility – is a prime example of Goodman’s focus on delivering sustainable properties that use the latest innovations in design, construction and energy generation,” Goodman chief executive officer, Jason Little, said.

“This property’s strategic location will drive supply chain efficiencies for Woolworths, placing them closer to consumers, allowing speed to market for and ease for shoppers,” he added.

Other occupiers in the estate include Singapore’s Keppel Logistics, which leases a 10,481 sqm complex, Amart Furniture, Beaumont Tiles and JFC Australia (story continues below).

Woolworths bulks up in Brisbane

In the Bonner electorate, the dark store will cater for suburbs between Mount Ommaney, in the south west, to Beenleigh in the south east.

Elsewhere in Brisbane, Woolworths recently moved into a 42,000 square metre distribution centre at Heathwood, about 20kms south west of Rochedale.

That complex, estimated to be worth $184m, is owned by LOGOS.

“Over the past three years, we’ve seen the demand for online groceries in metropolitan Brisbane more than triple, a trend we are actually seeing across…Queensland,” Woolworths’ managing director, eComX, Sally Copland, said. “The opening of Rochedale CFC will provide a major boost to our same day delivering capacity in Brisbane”.

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Marc Pallisco

A former property analyst and print journalist, Marc is the publisher of realestatesource.com.au.