PAR: New Lowell MA Home Depot Distribution Center

Another e-commerce focused warehouse on Pan-Am, follows new facility in South Windsor CT, 3 older warehouses

01.April, Lowell MA – Another Home Depot e-commerce distribution center is under construction just south of Lowell, adjoining the Pan Am-served MBTA commuter rail Lowell line just south of I-495

The Lowell DC is the company’s fourth in southern New England, along with facilities in Bloomfield CT (near Hartford, served by Central New England RR), in Westfield MA (served by Pioneer Valley RR), Norwood MA (Route 128, served by CSX off Amtrak’s northeast Corridor).  A new e-commerce distribution center has just been built in South Windsor CT for e-commerce (served by Connecticut Southern RR).

The site formerly had multiple sidings, now long gone.  All the other Home Depot distribution centers are rail served; this location is situated directly on the rail line.  Home Depot uses rail for approximately 50% of inbound shipments.  (All local deliveries are trucked).

The 715,000 ft-sq, 14-acre building at 495 Woburn St is being built on a contaminated 120 acre site in Riverview Business Park that was originally the U.S. Army Lowell Ordnance Plant, operated by Remington Arms, and more recently, Raytheon.  The site is at the borders of Tewksbury, Lowell, and Billerica, adjacent to Baker Commodities.  A new building is being constructed by Integrated Builders on property owned by Seefried Industrial Properties, in accord with Home Depot architectural standards.

In 2017, the company announced a $1.2 billion investment to expand its distribution network with approximately 150 new supply chain facilities nationwide, with the goal of expanding the company’s existing same-day and next-day delivery options to 90 percent of the U.S. population.

One significant supplier to Home Depot is J.D. Irving Lumber.  The new warehouse is an easy switch off Pan-Am’s line from JDI’s location in Saint John NB.

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