Empire Company building $95 million warehouses in Toronto, Montreal

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Voilà by Sobeys and Voilà par IGA promises to help Canadians stay one step ahead of their busy lives, underscored by a new tag line “Your groceries delivered. Just like that.” (CNW Group/Empire Company Limited)

Ontario Construction News staff writer

Empire Company Ltd., the parent of grocery store chains Sobeys and IGA, has announced two major construction projects to support its new home delivery service called Voilà to bring groceries to customers’ doorsteps.

The new service is scheduled to begin carting groceries to homes in the Greater Toronto Area next spring and to those in Ottawa, Montreal and several other major Quebec cities the following year.

Construction has started on the first of two-customer fulfillment centres in Vaughan. The warehouse will be outfitted with automation technology used by U.K.-supermarket chain Ocado.

Meanwhile, work on a Montreal-area fulfillment centre is scheduled to get underway shortly.

Work on the project will be spearheaded by Empire-controlled real estate firm Crombie REIT. The structure will be located on a 20.25-acre parcel of land in Pointe-Claire, Que.

The project will cost approximately $95 million.

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