The Co-op’s new £6m Dalcross Distribution Centre, located at Inverness Airport Business Park (IABP), officially launched yesterday, signalling an exciting new era for the convenience retailer in Northern Scotland.
The 12,000sq ft bespoke development, which is now home to 50 Co-op colleagues, will service the Co-op’s extensive network of stores in the region and will also facilitate future store expansion across the Highlands and beyond.
18 new stores are planned for Scotland by the end of 2018, with upgrades planned to a further 20, as part of a £28m expansion and renovation plan. This will take total store numbers to 365 and the number of Co-op employees to almost 6,000.
The new Dalcross facility will continue to be serviced by double decker vehicles as opposed to single decker, resulting in fewer journeys reducing Co2 emissions and eliminating 1,800 road miles per day, making the Co-op’s logistics operation in Scotland more environmentally friendly.
Andy Perry, Logistics Director of the Co-op, 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. 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.
“We have ambitious plans to continue to open new stores and Dalcross will ensure we can continue to serve our members and customers in the Highlands and Islands for years to come.”
James Campbell, Inverness Airport Business Park Chairman, said: “Inverness Airport Business Park is delighted to welcome its first occupier to the phase one site and it will be brilliant to see the Co-op operating from their new address at 1, Vallance Road.
“The speed at which this development has progressed has been hugely impressive with the Co-op’s project team only arriving onsite in October 2017. Plot 2/1 has gone through a major transformation in a very short space of time and it’s testament to the Co-op and their contractors for the excellent job that has been done in developing this new 12,000sq ft distribution centre.
“The delivery of the strategic infrastructure at phase one is now complete and we have serviced land immediately available for development. We hope to be in a position to make further announcements on new-build developments at IABP in the near future and look forward to welcoming new occupiers to join the Co-op at the phase one site.”