Kroger is investing $17 million in its distribution center located in Florence, KY, which company officials said will ramp up production at the facility and create an additional 250 jobs.
The project is supported by a Kentucky Business Investment (KBI) incentive of up to $1 million over 10 years. The company’s annual eligibility for the performance-based tax credit is linked to investment, job creation and retention, and average hourly wage targets.
The 674,000-square-foot ambient distribution center currently employs 80 associates. It opened in October 2017 after Kroger’s $60 million investment in the replenishment center to service the company’s direct-to-store distribution centers across the eastern half of the country, as well as Kroger’s growing e-commerce and digital business.
“This significant investment in the distribution facility and our associates will allow us to more efficiently reach our customers and help to deliver on new ways to shop with Kroger, as we redefine the grocery customer experience through Restock Kroger,” said Frank Bruni, Kroger’s vp/supply chain and logistics.