OTTAWA — Giant Tiger Stores Limited is hosting an event on September 30 to introduce its new state-of-the-art distribution centre to the township of Edwardsburgh/Cardinal and its surrounding communities.
The new facility occupies approximately 600,000 square feet of warehouse and office space and will phase in operations starting January 2018.
“We are very excited to be operating in the Edwardsburgh/Cardinal township. From the moment we broke ground everyone has been so welcoming,” said Mike Quinn, vice-president, warehousing and distribution at Giant Tiger.
“Our warehouse staff are very excited about the new facility. It has been designed to be a state-of-the art distribution centre that is very much centered around our people. From the bright natural light, to the gym and games room and the friendly apple orchard, this facility is a reflection of the Giant Tiger brand; friendly, community-centric and people-focused.”
During the event on September 30th members of the community will get to tour the facility and chat with Giant Tiger staff about the logistics of this state-of-the-art distribution centre.
“Our new distribution centre is part of the overall growth strategy for Giant Tiger,” explains Thomas Haig, president and COO. “Everything from land selection to the configuration of racking and machinery has been carefully considered. Perhaps one of the most exciting components is that people will be able to see the new robotic system, which will help complement and add efficiencies and safety measures to our operations.”
The day will begin with welcome speeches and a ribbon cutting ceremony. Members of Giant Tiger’s executive team, including president and COO Thomas Haig, will be joined by members of the municipality, including Edwardsburgh/Cardinal mayor Patrick Sayeau, MPP Steve Clark and MP Gord Brown. Scott Reid, on behalf of the founding family, will also be in attendance.
The event is entirely family-friendly and includes a facility sneak peak, all-day musical performances and shows on the mainstage, a charity BBQ, a kids’ zone with face painting and opportunities for families to get close to construction vehicles with our Touch a Truck area.
“We can’t wait for the community to come and celebrate with us,” adds Mike Quinn. “This has been a major project for Giant Tiger and is evidence of how committed we are to growth and development. It is giving us the space and technology we require to meet the needs of our expanding store count across Canada.”
The new Giant Tiger distribution centre is scheduled to be fully operational by summer 2018.