Ocado building a Montreal Sobeys CFC

Ocado has agreed with Canadian supermarket chain to build a second customer fulfilment centre (CFC) at Pointe-Claire in Montreal. This is in addition to Sobeys Vaughan, Ontario CFC that will serve Toronto.

As well as taking on another Ocado CFC, Sobeys has created a new brand for its e-commerce business called Voila by Sobeys, and for the Franco-Canadian market, Voila par IGA.

The Vaughan site is on schedule to be completed to the planned date. It is to be more expensive than originally planned at C$95 million thanks to incorporation of additional design elements and significant industry-wide cost inflation in construction materials, particularly steel.

It expects the cost of the CFC in Montreal to be consistent with, or less than Vaughan, as the Toronto development will enable efficiencies in Montreal.

Ocado Solutions chief Luke Jensen said: “Sobeys’ decision to order a second CFC in Quebec demonstrates its commitment to providing a world-class online service to its customers across Canada.”

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