Metro Inc. is building an environmentally friendly produce and dairy products warehouse in a new industrial park in Laval, Quebec, north of Montreal.

The supermarket chain’s $50 million warehouse is expected to open its doors next March, said Marie-Claude Bacon, senior director of corporate affairs.

Metro’s president and chief executive officer Eric La Fleche said the warehouse will improve the quality, variety and freshness of products offered to consumers and merchants.

He said the warehouse, strategically located near Highway 25 and 440, will also make Metro’s distribution chain more efficient and consolidate about 250 jobs in the Greater Montreal region.

The 241,000-square-foot structure is being built on land measuring 1.5 million square feet. It replaces a warehouse in Montreal’s east end.

“We will be able to store a larger quantity of produce, namely certified-organic and exotic produce, as well as a wider variety of Quebec produce and dairy products,” La Fleche said.

The building will also be as green as possible, with LED lighting, a white roof and a refrigeration system cooled with carbon dioxide. Heat from the system’s compressors will be used to heat employee offices and other areas.

Metro is working with the Montreal Botanical Garden to protect plants, garter snakes and trees on the site.

Metro has annual sales of more than $11 billion and over 65,000 employees. Its more than 600 supermarkets operate under banners such as Metro, Metro Plus, Super C and Food Basics.