CONCORD, N.C. — America’s largest grocery retailer, Kroger, is opening a new high-tech customer fulfillment center in Cabarrus County.
The center will create nearly 700 new jobs over five years, Governor Cooper announced on Wednesday.
“As e-commerce continues to grow, I’m pleased Kroger will locate this highly advanced fulfillment center in our state,” said Governor Cooper. “From our hard working and skilled people to our advanced transportation networks and overall business climate, North Carolina offers the right ingredients for a modern business to succeed.”
Officials say the Kroger Co. serves customers across family stores including Kroger, Harris Teeter, Ralphs, and Fred Meyer, among others.
Kroger Fulfillment Network LLC, the subsidiary leading the project, is a growing delivery service that operates with proprietary technology to allow for affordable, friendly, and fast delivery of fresh food and household essentials to customers.
“The acceleration of our delivery business continues with the development of an additional customer fulfillment center, advancing our commitment to creating career opportunities and serving shoppers fresh food fast through interconnected, automated, and innovative facilities and last-mile solutions across America,” said Gabriel Arreaga, Kroger’s senior vice president and chief supply chain officer. “We thank Governor Roy Cooper for his collaboration and support of this project, and the company looks forward to serving new and existing customers across North Carolina.”
Officials say while wages will range based on job roles, the average pay (with benefits) will be above the Cabarrus County average yearly pay of $41,255.
The total payroll impact from this project is expected to reach more than $29 million, each and every year, according to a news release.
“Kroger’s selection of Concord and Cabarrus County for this large fulfillment center is welcome news for our region,” said N.C. Senator Paul Newton. “These new jobs and investment will help many families in our area for years to come.”
Officials say the development of the new Kroger customer fulfillment center will be facilitated by a Job Development Investment Grant, (JDIG) approved by North Carolina’s Economic Investment Committee on Wednesday.
Over the course of the 12-year term of this grant, officials say the project is estimated to grow the state’s economy by $820.8 million.