BC Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB), a Canadian state-owned alcohol and cannabis products distributor, is replacing its current Vancouver facility with a new building in Delta, British Columbia that is almost twice the size.

The new $57.1 million Delta facility, located at 7003 72nd Street., will be 37,161 square metres and will include a modern warehouse management system and equipment. Other features include a new three-level bottle-pick area, four pallet-scale and wrapping machines, and a customer order pickup area that is twice the size of the Vancouver distribution centre.

The facility will also have a larger, brighter and more environmentally friendly area to process product breakage and returns, a larger yard to accommodate shipping and receiving, and 39 shipping/receiving bay doors, up from the previous 16 doors. This new, modern centre will mean better service to the LDB’s wholesale clients and the people it serves.

The distribution centre will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week with three shifts per day Monday to Friday. The transition from one facility to another will take several weeks and one-third of the wholesale customer base is already working out of the Delta facility.