Kroger Fulfillment Network, LLC officials announced Thursday that Kroger Co. will offer more Americans product delivery through the addition of a “spoke” facility in Nashville. The project is expected to bring 180 new jobs to Davidson County.
.@Kroger, America's largest grocery retailer, will offer more Americans product delivery through the addition of a "spoke" facility in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Kroger, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, is one of the world’s largest retailers, with nearly half a million associates who serve more than 11 million customers daily through a seamless digital shipping experience and roughly 2,800 retail food stores under a variety of banner names.
“Kroger is a household name that we are proud to have in Tennessee, and I thank this company for its decision to create more than 180 new jobs for Tennesseans,” Tennessee Governor Bill Lee said in a statement. “Our state’s central location and skilled workforce will ensure Kroger’s success in the years to come.”
Kroger’s new facility will serve the Middle Tennessee region by supporting and facilitating Kroger’s direct-to-customer product delivery, according to a press release by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD).
The approximately 40,000-square-foot facility in Davidson County will serve as a last-mile cross-dock location that extends the fulfillment network reach to customers up to 200 miles away from a state-of-the-art, robotically automated Atlanta fulfillment center powered by the Ocado Group (LSE: OCDO), the press release notes. The facility is located on Polk Avenue in Nashville.
“Tennessee’s unique position offers companies easy access to their customers and suppliers around the globe, so we believe Nashville will be the ideal location for Kroger’s newest cross-dock facility,” TNECD Commissioner Stuart McWhorter said in a statement. “We appreciate this well-known brand for choosing to locate in Davidson County and look forward to seeing the growth that will come from this project.”
In addition to the new “spoke” facility in Nashville, Kroger also announced Thursday that it is expanding in the Chicago Metro area with a similar 80,000-square-foot facility located in Maywood, Illinois.
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Kaitlin Housler is a reporter at The Tennessee Star and The Star News Network.
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