METRO, Canada, marked the start of construction to modernize its Ontario, Canada, distribution network.

The new, 700,000-square-foot semi-automated fresh distribution center will enable the company to continue growth and expansion in the Ontario market.

The modernization project includes a new fresh foods facility and a new frozen foods facility, both with state-of-the-art technology to provide improved product assortment, product freshness, selection accuracy and improved service.

Construction will take place in two phases, through to 2023, to ensure existing facilities can continue to operate throughout the build and ensure that operations transition smoothly to the new facilities once completed.