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DRAKES OPTS FOR AMMONIA TO COOL NEW WAREHOUSE Faced with the challenge of reducing operating costs in a climate of rising Australian energy prices, Drakes Supermarkets is turning to natural refrigerants to carry it into the future – not least in its new Adelaide distribution centre. – By Andrew Williams

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June 2019, Drakes Supermarkets plans to open a new A$90m distribution centre in the northern suburbs of Adelaide. In keeping with the independent retailer’s commitment to natural refrigerants, the facility’s cooling system will be based on ammonia. The 50,000 m 2 building will occupy a 17-hectare site in Edinburgh North, a northern Adelaide suburb that is part of the City of Playford local government area. “Our Adelaide distribution centre is a major investment in the sustainable future of Drakes Supermarkets in South Australia,” said Bob Soang, Drakes’ general manager. Drakes Supermarkets is one of the largest independent grocery retailers in Australia, with an annual turnover of over A$1 billion. It currently operates around 60 stores in the states of South Australia (SA) and Queensland (QLD).

“As a local family-owned business we are pleased to create so many jobs in the northern suburbs of Adelaide,” Soang said. The refrigerated area to be served by the ammonia system is 12,500 m 2 . The frozen goods section will have a pallet capacity of 6,000, with space for another 9,000 in the chilled goods area. Soang chose Gordon Brothers Industries P ty Ltd. as the refrigeration contractor for the Adelaide facility. Founded in 1917, Gordon Brothers is Australia’s oldest industrial refrigeration business and has been working with ammonia since day one.

Construction of the new distribution centre is expected to employ some 300 people. The centre, whose expected pallet capacity is 52,000, will require 150-250 full-time staff once it opens in the middle of next year.

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