Publix is about to go big in N.C.
Publix is accelerating its plans to expand in Appalachia by building a new distribution center.
The retailer will build a refrigerated distribution center in Guilford County, N.C., by the end of 2022 as part of a multiphase project and has plans to create up to 1,000 jobs by 2025. The company is expected to invest up to $300 million in the first phase of the project.
The proposed distribution center will support the delivery of grocery products to Publix locations in the Carolinas and Virginia, part of the retailer's long-term plan to expand ever north.
“As a proud community supporter, Publix is excited to create hundreds of new employment opportunities and to help provide for greater economic prosperity in Guilford County,” said Publix Chief Executive Officer & President, Todd Jones. “We appreciate the hard work of Governor Cooper and all those involved in making this distribution center possible.”
According to Triad Business Journal, it will be the largest distribution facility in the region – larger even than the 1.75 million-square-foot former Sears Distribution Center in Greensboro. Among grocers, it would also outsize the 1.48 million-square-foot Harris Teeter hub in Greensboro and the newly built 900,000-square-foot Lidl hub in Mebane.
Publix will add a variety of job functions with this project, including positions in the administrative and maintenance departments as well as the refrigerated warehouse. The annual payroll impact is expected to be $44 million if all phases of the project are completed.
Publix employs about 190,000 people. The company has 1,191 store locations and nine distribution centers.