Kaufland to open first Australian distribution centre at Merrifield

11 March 2019 (Last Updated March 11th, 2019 17:25)

Germany-based supermarket chain Kaufland is planning to open a distribution centre at Merrifield Business Park in Melbourne, Australia, with an initial investment of $459m.

Kaufland to open first Australian distribution centre at Merrifield
Kaufland to open first Australian distribution centre at Merrifield Business Park in Melbourne. Credit: MAB.

Germany-based supermarket chain Kaufland is planning to open a distribution centre at Merrifield Business Park in Melbourne, Australia, with an initial investment of $459m.

The German company has partnered with Australian property development company MAB and its partner Gibson Property for the facility. Both companies also assisted the retailer with planning approvals.

MAB Business Parks director Michael Martin said: “The ability to tailor a solution for a client and to deliver opportunities of scale is very rare and why Merrifield Business Park is able to lure a global brand like Kaufland and other companies from interstate.

“We are able to de-risk planning due to our expertise and track record, and this is another major value add that few competitors can match.”

The retailer has acquired a 28ha site to establish the 115,000m² distribution facility to serve its stores.

“Merrifield was selected for its strategic location and ability to cater for future expansion of the facility.”

The company’s first Australian facility will feature extensive temperature controlled storage, automated warehousing with a 40m high bay storage, and a 3,600m² office.

The company expects to create an additional 600 jobs in the region through this facility.

Kaufland spokesperson said: “Our new state-of-the-art distribution centre at Merrifield Business Park will be the company’s single biggest investment in Australia and enable Kaufland’s expansion.

“Merrifield was selected for its strategic location and ability to cater for future expansion of the facility.”

Schwarz Group owned Kaufland is the fourth largest retail chain in the world.

The retailer received support from MAB Corporation and its partner Gibson Property Corporation (GPC) for planning approvals. The land holding was also redesigned by MAB and GPC.