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Kroger to grow Kentucky distribution center

Kroger is ramping up production at its distribution center in Florence, Ky. The Cincinnati-based retailer said Monday that it would be investing $17 million in the facility, where it said 250 new jobs, largely full-time positions, would be created as a result. The facility opened in November 2017 and currently employs 80 associates.

"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."

Kroger said the move is supported by a Kentucky Business Investment incentive of as much as $1 million over 10 years, with the company’s eligibility for the performance-based tax credit tied to its investment, job creation and hourly wage targets. Kroger currently employs more than 21,000 associates in Kentucky.

“It was less than a year ago that Kroger opened its distribution center in Boone County, and it is clear from this additional investment that the company recognizes Northern Kentucky as the best possible location for further success and growth," said Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin. “Distribution and logistics is a thriving industry in the commonwealth, and this announcement is just the latest confirmation of that fact. We greatly appreciate Kroger's confidence in the Northern Kentucky region and its ongoing commitment to investing and growing in our state.”

Kroger said the facility would start looking to expand its team in September.

“We are excited to continue our economic growth in the region and welcome 250 new associates to our talented team,” Bruni said.
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