The Co-operative has announced plans to open a new £6 million distribution facility at Inverness Airport Business Park, in Scotland.
The new 12,000 square foot Dalcross Distribution Centre will open in August, and will employ 50 personnel. The new facility will service the Co-op's store network as well as facilitate future store expansion into the Scottish Highlands, the company said.
The group plans to open 18 new stores in Scotland over the course of 2018, as well as perform upgrades on a further 20 stores.
The Dalcross facility is capable of processing double decker lorries, which will result in fewer journeys, saving on CO2 emissions, and eliminating around 1,800 road miles per day, the company said.
“We’re thrilled to be able to launch our new site at Dalcross – it’s a modern and future-proofed facility which is perfectly placed to support the Co-op’s ever-growing operations in Scotland," said Co-op logistics director Andy Perry.
"Our significant investment in a new distribution centre is also a symbol of our absolute commitment to serving communities in the North of Scotland, as well as a strong indicator of how well our food business is performing in this area."
With the opening of the Dalcross facility, Perry added, the Co-operative is able to renew its commitment to serving "our members and customers in the Highlands and Islands for years to come.”
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