site.btaBilla Is Building Prioneering Logistics Facility near Stara Zagora
BILLA Bulgaria starts the construction of an eco-friendly logistics facility in the country near the village of Zagore, southern Bulgaria, in immediate proximity to Trakia Motorway. The symbolic start of the construction was given Thursday with the first groundbreaking and a blessing. It is the the second BILLA warehouse in Bulgaria and the first time that the company is building a base of this type not only in Bulgaria, but everywhere it has operations.
The investment is for nearly BGN 50 million and over 200 jobs will be created, and social benefit packages are planned for the employees.
The plot covers an area of 5.5 hectares. A number of eco-friendly solutions will be integrated into the warehouse as part of the company's strategic goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030, BILLA Bulgaria CEO Vygintas Sapokas said.
Stara Zagora Deputy Mayor Radostin Tanev highlighted the importance of such investments in the region, saying that they are evidence for regional development.
The warehouse area of 165,000 sqm is divided into sectors with cold and dry storage, and an administrative space. The site will be certified by the international BREEAM green building standard, which ensures that the warehouse is designed and will be managed with a minimal environmental footprint and to the highest sustainability standards.
The warehouse facility should be ready by the first half of 2025.
The facility will be equipped with a photovoltaic system that will produce 90% of the electricity consumed. Innovative refrigeration technology will also be implemented, allowing the residual temperature from the refrigeration units to be used for space heating during winter. The project also incorporates the latest generation systems to track and control all resources consumed, including water. For optimisation purposes, technology will be implemented to collect rainwater and use it for irrigation of green areas.
The warehouse will service the areas of Central and Southern Bulgaria or about 30% of the stores in the country.