Work has started on Asda’s 616,000 sq ft distribution centre at the former Rhodia site in Avonmouth.
The £70m development provides a new chilled and frozen facility of 485,000 s ft alongside an Asda Service Centre of 131,000 sq ft has the capacity to support 123 stores and replaces Asda’s previous depot at Portbury.
Asda purchased 40 acres of land from French chemical giant Rhodia. The site had been used by various heavy chemical industries since 1917 and was closed and partially demolished in 2006.
Colliers International was property advisor on the project. Tim Davies, head of Colliers Bristol office, said: “Simple economies of scale and the first rate transport network north-west of Bristol are bringing more and more business to Avonmouth and putting the area at the centre of the UK’s industrial and logistics map.”