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May 15, 2020

Stop & Shop parent to build fully-automated warehouse in Plainville; add 200 employees

PHOTO | JOE COOPER Stop & Shop is one of several retail brands under the Ahold Delhaize USA banner. Pictured: Stop & Shop in Cromwell.

The international food retailer that owns Stop & Shop and other supermarkets says it’s building one of two new fully-automated cold-storage warehouses on vacant land in Plainville.

Ahold Delhaize USA, a division of Netherlands-based food giant Ahold Delhaize, announced plans Thursday to increase its cold-storage capacity at a new 500,000-square-foot warehouse at 34 Northwest Dr. The Plainville warehouse will serve Ahold’s Northeast brands, including Food Lion, Giant Food, The Giant Co., Hannaford and Stop & Shop, officials say.

A spokesperson for Ahold told HBJ the Plainville facility will employ about 200 people, and is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2022. The cost of the project was not disclosed.


Ahold says it’s building a similar “frozen warehouse” in Mountville, Pa., in partnership with AmeriCold Logistics LLC, a global temperature controlled warehousing and transportation company.

The new warehouses are part of Ahold’s larger strategy to broaden its supply chain into a fully integrated, self-distribution model. That initiative includes its recently launched grocery distribution operation in a sprawling Manchester warehouse.

“With state-of-the-art automation, these two facilities will deliver a combined 59,000 pallet positions to support the local brands of Ahold Delhaize USA in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions,” Fred Boehler, president and CEO of Americold, said in a statement.

Ahold Delhaize USA says it’s the largest grocery retail group on the East Coast and the fourth largest nationwide as it operates 2,000 stores and processes more than 6 million annual online grocery orders.

Its supply chain on the East Coast includes more than 1,000 trucks that deliver 1.1 billion cases of food to its various stores, Ahold said.

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