Southern Wine & Spirits of America is to construct a new distribution facility in Florida. The distributor said yesterday (2 March) that it would commence construction of a new 653,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art beverage distribution site in Lakeland, Polk County, beginning with a ground-breaking ceremony on 18 March.

Construction is expected to be complete on the project by early autumn, according to Wayne E. Chaplin, president and chief operating officer of Southern Wine & Spirits of America.

In a statement issued yesterday, Chaplin said: "We are confident that with this facility we will be able to bring unmatched service and distribution capabilities to both our on-and-off and chain customers, as well as our supplier partners, all while continuing to improve our already leading levels of customer service."

The new 80.5-acre beverage distribution centre in Lakeland is designed to offer distribution services to the state's chain and independent on- and off-premise retail customers of Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida.

Southern Wine & Spirits of America is the nation's largest wine and spirits distributor, with current operations in 12 states and pending acquisitions in 7 states.