LONGUEUIL, Quebec — The Jean Coutu Group has kicked off the construction of its future headquarters and distribution center in Varennes, Quebec. The official groundbreaking ceremony was held on Friday.
From left to right: Ron Keays, GKC Architects; Marc Dumas, Jean Coutu Group; Dario Montoni, Montoni Group; Frank Di Paolo, Montoni Group, François J. Coutu, Jean Coutu Group; Jean Coutu, Jean Coutu Group; Martin Damphousse, City of Varennes; Normand Messier, Jean Coutu Group; André Belzile, Jean Coutu Group; Hélène Bisson, Jean Coutu Group; and Guillaume Marchand, City of Varennes.
The new facility will total 883,000 sq. ft, which is 50% larger than the space currently occupied in Longueuil’s industrial park. The project represents a total investment of Canadian $190 million. The contractor Montoni was granted the construction contract.
“It is with a great deal of enthusiasm that we begin the construction of our new headquarters. The facilities in Varennes will be at the cutting edge of technology guarantying high standards of productivity while ensuring an enjoyable and safe work environment for our employees,” said François J. Coutu, president and CEO of the Jean Coutu Group.
The construction begins with the distribution center section, while the construction of the headquarters is scheduled to start in August.