EDEKA continues to develop logistics area on the Forest Teich
Only nine months after the spatenstich in May 2022, EDEKA Rhein-Ruhr has now officially handed over the key to the logistics center to Picnic. Thus, the focus for the online food dealer at Waldteich-Gelände in Oberhausen is now on the interior expansion.
Nearly three and a half years ago we received permission from the city of Oberhausen for the construction of our EDEKA central warehouse. Together, we laid the foundation for structural changes here on the forest pond. Now we are reaching the next milestone and developing the terrain a step further. On 288,000 square meters of former industrial breach, Oberhausen is gaining another employer with future potential,” said Peter Wagener, Managing Director of EDEKA Rhein-Ruhr. Frederik Nieuwenhuys, Managing Director of Picnic, added: “Oberhausen is the starting point for us to further develop the Ruhr area. We want to supply more than 200,000 households with fresh food from here. We are very pleased with the neighborhood with EDEKA, as we have been linked by a good partnership for many years.”
Picnic will start operating the camp by the end of 2024. In total, around 1,000 additional jobs will be created in the forest pond. Today, almost 1,000 employees work at EDEKA’s central warehouse in 33 professional fields – including 40 trainees. Especially for the areas of management, commissioning and fleet, EDEKA Rhein-Ruhr is still looking for reinforcements. In addition, there are numerous training places and entry opportunities for dual students for the summer. “Together with our partner Picnic, we are among the largest employers in Oberhausen,” said Peter Wagener.
“Every workplace is important for our city,” added Oberhausens mayor Daniel Schranz. “The approximately 1,000 new jobs that Picnic creates in the Forest Teich area are all the more important. They will continue to boost the momentum we have developed in the growth of social security jobs in Oberhausen.”
EDEKA and Picnic offer state-of-the-art working environments that put Oberhausen at the forefront as an innovation site. In addition to job opportunities for unskilled personnel and aid workers, the high degree of automation also creates jobs for many highly skilled people.