Goodfood Announces New Fulfillment Centre in Toronto to Meet Canadians’ Surging Appetite for Online Grocery
MONTREAL, April 30, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Goodfood Market Corp. (“Goodfood” or “the Company”) (TSX:FOOD), a leading online grocery company in Canada, announced today it has signed a lease for its first fulfillment centre in the Greater Toronto Area, further expanding its countrywide operating footprint. Fulfilment of orders at the facility will begin before the end of May 2020 and will create over 300 new jobs.
“In the wake of accelerating penetration of online grocery in Canada resulting from the current pandemic, we are thrilled to have found a facility to service our current and future members in the GTA and Southern Ontario. We are excited to launch this new 42,000 square feet facility, our first fulfillment centre in Toronto, to help grow our capacity and get closer to our customers while providing employment to over 300 people,” said Neil Cuggy, President and Chief Operating Officer of Goodfood. “Our previously announced plans to build out a larger fulfillment centre in Toronto also remain on track for 2021,” concluded Mr. Cuggy.“The demand for online grocery delivered directly to customers’ doors has seen a strong uptick in recent weeks. This rapid acceleration in adoption is changing how Canadians shop for groceries now and in the future, and it has motivated us to be closer to our members and to offer our services with more flexibility to a larger number of Canadians,” added Jonathan Ferrari, CEO of Goodfood. “We firmly believe these changes in consumer habits are here to stay and that Goodfood is well positioned to play a leading role in this transformation,” concluded Mr. Ferrari.About Goodfood
Goodfood (TSX:FOOD) is a leading online grocery company in Canada, delivering fresh meal solutions and grocery items that make it easy for members from coast to coast to enjoy delicious meals at home every week. Goodfood’s mission is to make the impossible come true, from farm to kitchen, by enabling members to do their weekly meal planning and grocery shopping in less than 1 minute. Goodfood members get access to a unique selection of products online as well as exclusive pricing made possible by its world class direct to consumer fulfilment ecosystem that cuts out food waste and expensive retail overhead. The Company has a production facility and administrative offices in Montreal, Quebec, two production facilities out West, in Calgary, AB and Vancouver, BC, and a breakfast facility in Montreal, Quebec. Goodfood had 246,000 active subscribers as at February 29, 2020. www.makegoodfood.caFor further information:FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION
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