JOHNSTOWN - Construction of Giant Tiger's new, state-of-the-art 600,000-square-foot distribution centre is underway.
An official ground-breaking ceremony attracted more than 100 people Monday afternoon at the Johnstown Industrial Park on County Road 2. Once constructed, the facility will be the size of 10 football fields. It's a multi-million dollar investment in the Township of Edwardsburgh Cardinal and part of the retail company's continuing expansion strategy throughout Canada.
"This investment is certain to provide benefits throughout the entire region as our facility will generate new business within Edwardsburgh Cardinal and its nearby communities," said Thomas Haig, Giant Tiger's President and Chief Operating Officer.
"The Johnstown Industrial Park is one of Ontario's first Certified Site Program Industrial Parks and we are thrilled to have one of the largest development projects that Leeds Grenville has seen in years," said Edwardsburgh Cardinal Mayor Pat Sayeau.
The Giant Tiger Stores Limited executive team was joined by company founding family member Scott Reid, MP for Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston, MP Gord Brown, MPP Steve Clark, municipal leaders and Edwardsburgh Cardinal Council and staff.
The company's Executive VP and CFO Paul Wood called the new distribution centre "the largest project in Giant Tiger history." Mr. Wood served as master of ceremonies for the event.
Giant Tiger operates three dry-goods facilities in Ottawa as well as temperature-controlled facilities in Brockville and Brantford. There will be no change to the temperature-controlled facilities as they recently expanded.
The new Giant Tiger Distribution Centre is scheduled to be operational by the summer of 2018.