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Kroger's $17M investment in Kentucky distribution center

Kroger announced a $17 million investment in its distribution center in Kentucky, which will ramp up production at the facility and create 250 new jobs, majority full-time positions.  krolog

The project is supported by a Kentucky Business Investment 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 ecommerce 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 vice president of supply chain and logistics. "We have long appreciated the support from Boone County and the state of Kentucky, and look forward to growing together."

Kentucky Senator John Schickel said Northern Kentucky is on an economic development roll and Kroger's investment builds on that success.

"We are grateful to Kroger for this huge investment of nearly $18 million into our local economy in Boone County," said Senator John Schickel. "Employment is on the rise in Northern Kentucky, and these 250 new jobs will keep our economic momentum going. Thanks to Governor Bevin and the folks at the Cabinet for Economic Development for making this expansion possible and for continuing to create a strong business climate in the commonwealth."

The distribution facility will start to expand its team in September. Kroger currently employs more than 21,000 associates in Kentucky.