Rite Aid Corporation has opened a new distribution center in Spartanburg, SC, the company’s first new distribution center in 16 years.
South Carolina Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt and several other state, city and community officials joined John Standley, Rite Aid chairman and CEO, and Ken Martindale, CEO of Rite Aid Stores and president of Rite Aid Corporation, for a grand opening event and ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 1.
“We’re excited to celebrate the grand opening of our newest distribution center in Spartanburg, our first in 16 years,” said Standley. “Featuring highly efficient and advanced technologies, this facility will play a crucial role in our company’s supply chain, supporting more than 1,000 Rite Aid stores across the southeastern United States, and help us deliver a superior customer experience.”
The 900,000 square foot distribution center sits on 97 acres and is located near the interstate. The facility features high efficiency LED and T5 fluorescent light fixtures and occupancy sensor controlled warehouse lighting; on-site truck maintenance facility, including a fueling station, trailer weigh scale and wash area; high-speed automated palletizers, ergonomically designed manual palletizing stations and automatic label applicators; state-of-the-art warehouse and labor management system; voice pick technology; and 60,000 square feet of office space, including an associate cafeteria, fitness center and other amenities.
Overall, in South Carolina, Rite Aid said it employs 1,531 workers at its 91 stores and distribution center.
As part of the grand opening, The Rite Aid Foundation presented a $25,000 donation to Boys & Girls Clubs of the Upstate. The donation will to be used to expand and support the programs and services offered by the Club at Mary H. Wright Elementary School.