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December 16 2008

Shoppers Drug Mart to Set Up Distribution Centre in Cornwall

Cornwall Business Park - SDM DCThe City of Cornwall announced today that a new state-of-the art distribution facility will be built in Cornwall, Ontario. The 500,000 square foot facility, to be operated by Matrix Logistics Services Ltd., will service Shoppers Drug Mart and Pharmaprix stores.

Construction is expected to begin shortly on the facility, which will sit on approximately 65 acres in the Cornwall Business Park, and will be completed by early 2010. It is expected that over 130 full-time positions will be created as a result of this project.

"This is a fantastic announcement that further solidifies Cornwall's position as a strategic location for logistics and distribution operations in North America," said Mayor Bob Kilger. "On behalf of Council and the citizens of Cornwall, I welcome this new facility to our City and look forward to seeing the first spade in the ground."

The Cornwall Business Park is located in the Eastern portion of the City along Canada's busiest expressway, Highway 401. Canada's main rail line and fibre optic network bisect the park, which is home to over 50 companies employing approximately 5,000 people. Over 800 acres have been set aside for future development by the City, with an asking price of $20,000 per serviced acre. 

"The City of Cornwall has positioned itself as a leading location for supply chain operations," noted Mark Boileau, Manager of Economic Development for the City. "The City is already home to significant logistics and distribution activities and a growing transportation sector. This provides a local pool of expertise and resources that can act as a catalyst for future growth".