SPAR Australia’s Managing Director, Lou Jardin, said that 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”, Mr Jardin said.
The distribution centre will service over 240 Branded and Independent Retail supermarkets across the Eastern Seaboard. Further, the facility is set to employ over 80 people and will contribute to the employment of an additional 2,500 workers who will work across the network of SPAR stores. Both existing and future SPAR Australia customers will benefit from the greater logistic efficiencies for Retailers.
The new distribution centre has been designed for the future growth of the SPAR network. The state-of-the-art equipment allows the SPAR Retailers to be serviced with greater efficiency, which in turn will benefit the communities they serve.
At SPAR’s new distribution centre, ESR Australia has delivered a cutting-edge facility, drawing on its internal integrated development capability of developing the highest-quality sustainable industrial facilities.
ESR Australia’s CEO Phil Pearce 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.”
Source: SPAR Australia
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SPAR began trading in Australia in 1994. The current company was formed in 2006. In late 2010, a new majority shareholder, Jardin Investments Pty Ltd, was confirmed. This development significantly accelerated the modernisation of the SPAR Brand in Australia.
SPAR Australia Limited is an unlisted public company with an elected Board of Directors. SPAR Australia licenses and supports independent retailers to develop the brand. In addition, it provides a range of services through its distribution centre and offices.