Whole Foods Market opens new distribution center in the Pullman neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side

Centrally located hub improves distribution in a new, larger facility

CHICAGO, IL, 2018-Jan-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market today joins Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to open a new 140,000 square foot distribution center in the Pullman neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side. The new distribution center allows the natural and organic grocer to better serve its 26 Chicagoland locations as well as an additional 34 locations across the Midwest and Eastern Canada.

“The Pullman neighborhood is an ideal location for our new distribution center. The proximity to major transportation and other business needs will help us to better serve our customers and support our stores in the Midwest and Ontario,” said Whole Foods Market Midwest Regional President, Michael Bashaw. “We are now closer to the majority of our stores, shortening delivery time, and, in the long term, we have plenty of additional space for expansion to support growth.”

Sitting on 16.5 acres in the historic Pullman neighborhood, the new distribution center features a fresh salad bar, outdoor grilling space and patio, and an equipped exercise room for Team Members to enjoy. The facility employs 100 Team Members, who moved from the company’s previous 5-acre facility in Munster, Indiana.

The newly-designed facility also features environmental improvements. Approximately 20 percent more electrically efficient, the new Whole Foods Market distribution center saves more than 1.3 million kilowatts per year and more than $150,000 annually due to measures such as natural refrigerants, occupancy light sensors, high-efficiency interior and exterior lighting, thermosiphon oil cooling, and redistribution of refrigeration waste to heat floors.

With increased access to major transportation arteries, the new distribution center allows Whole Foods Market stores to replenish products faster, ensuring shoppers’ favorite foods are always available. The facility is expected to move an average of 200,000 cases each week to Whole Foods Market locations in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa, and the Canadian province of Ontario.

“Whole Foods’ decision to move its Midwest distribution center to Chicago is a vote of confidence in the city and another sign of the economic renaissance underway in the historic Pullman community,” Mayor Emanuel said. “The new distribution center, coming on the heels of new Whole Foods Markets in Englewood and Hyde Park, is bringing more investment and opportunity to Chicago communities.”

Originally one of the sites for the production and assembly of Pullman Railway Cars in the late 1800s, the Whole Foods Market distribution center joins two of its trusted suppliers, Method and Gotham Greens, in the dynamically changing neighborhood. In 2015, the U.S. Park Service designated the community as a National Monument for its historic affiliation with industry, land use planning, and workers’ rights.

“The community has a strong dedication to its rich history, yet has a forward-thinking vision for its future. We’re incredibly proud to be part of the revitalization happening in Pullman,” adds Bashaw.

SOURCE: Whole Foods Market


Tractor Supply Company starts construction of new distribution center in Frankfort, NY

BRENTWOOD, Tenn., 2017-Aug-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tractor Supply Company (NASDAQ:TSCO), the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States, announced today ( Aug. 09, 2017) it has officially begun construction of a new distribution center in Frankfort, NY.

“The addition of our new distribution center in New York is important to our continued growth, as the facility will provide Tractor Supply the capacity we need to further our store expansion in the Northeast Corridor of the country,” said Greg Sandfort, Chief Executive Officer. “We are always looking for new ways to reach our customers as quickly and efficiently as possible, and this distribution center will play a critical role in our digital fulfillment strategy. We’re excited to begin the building process and look forward to a longstanding partnership with the great Frankfort community.”

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said, “We have invested more in the Mohawk Valley in six years than the region had seen in decades and it’s paying off.  Unemployment is down, while private sector jobs are up and we’ve successfully attracted Tractor Supply Company to Herkimer County, which will soon create 350 good jobs for hard-working Upstate New Yorkers. This is a huge win for Herkimer County and the entire region, and we look forward to a long, successful partnership with the company.”

Tractor Supply executives and local government officials held a ceremonial groundbreaking event earlier today, August 9, at the site of the Frankfort distribution center located in the Frankfort 5S South Business Park. The facility is expected to begin shipping by the end of 2018 and will be approximately 930,500 square-foot in size, with the potential to create more than 350 new full-time jobs over the next six years.

“This groundbreaking is the result of several years of work and dedication by many to bring a tenant to the Frankfort 5S South Business Park,” said Chairman Bernard Peplinski, Sr., of the Herkimer County Legislature. “As the walls go up and the doors open later next year, the residents of Herkimer County and the surrounding area will benefit from the additional jobs and resulting economic growth as we work with Tractor Supply.”

Senator James L. Seward said, “Whenever I discuss economic development for the Mohawk Valley, the conversation inevitably turns to the Frankfort 5S South Business Park, also known as the Pumpkin Patch.  Tractor Supply’s arrival is great news and the project will stimulate our regional economy leading to future growth and more good paying jobs for our families.”

Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi of Utica said, “Tractor Supply Company will be an outstanding tenant and will bring job opportunities to many area residents, which will help businesses in surrounding communities as well. Through securing state funding toward the cost of a new water tower and infrastructure improvements, we were able to help make this project a reality. I want to acknowledge the Herkimer County Legislature, the Herkimer County IDA, and everyone else who partnered on this very significant investment in our community.”

Tractor Supply currently operates 1,630 stores in 49 states across the country and seven distribution centers in various locations including Casa Grande, AZ, Franklin, KY, Hagerstown, MD, Macon, GA, Pendleton, IN, Waco, TX, and Waverly, NE.  Upon completion of the Frankfort facility in late 2018, Tractor Supply will operate eight distribution centers in total.

For more information on Tractor Supply Company, or to shop their products online, please visit www.tractorsupply.com.

About Tractor Supply Company
Founded in 1938, Tractor Supply Company is the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States.  At July 1, 2017, the Company operated 1,630 Tractor Supply stores in 49 states and an e-commerce website at www.tractorsupply.com.  Tractor Supply stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers and others who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses.  Stores are located primarily in towns outlying major metropolitan markets and in rural communities.  The Company offers the following comprehensive selection of merchandise: (1) equine, livestock, pet and small animal products, including items necessary for their health, care, growth and containment; (2) hardware, truck, towing and tool products; (3) seasonal products, including heating, lawn and garden items, power equipment, gifts and toys; (4) work/recreational clothing and footwear; and (5) maintenance products for agricultural and rural use.

Tractor Supply Company also owns and operates Petsense, a small-box pet specialty supply retailer focused on meeting the needs of pet owners, primarily in small and mid-size communities, and offering a variety of pet products and services.  At July 1, 2017, the Company operated 160 Petsense stores in 26 states.  For more information on Petsense, visit www.petsense.com.


Alecia Pulman/Brittany Rae Fraser
(203) 682-8200

Source: Tractor Supply Company/globenewswire

Starbucks to expand distribution portion of its Carson Valley Roasting Plant and Distribution Center in Minden, Nevada

Starbucks to expand distribution portion of its Carson Valley Roasting Plant and Distribution Center in Minden, Nevada


Seattle, 2017-Jun-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks operations in Nevada’s Carson Valley plans to grow substantially over the next year with the addition of 700,000 square feet to the distribution portion of the Starbucks Carson Valley Roasting Plant and Distribution Center in Minden, Nev. The expansion will bring nearly 100 new jobs to the location in the first year after completion, bringing the distribution workforce to nearly 350.

A June 7 ceremonial groundbreaking kicks off the $50 million project, which will wrap up in summer 2018. Only the distribution portion of the 341,000-square-foot building will be enlarged, allowing Starbucks to increase capacity and streamline regional sourcing. The roasting side of the operation will be unchanged.

“We serve all of California, Nevada and Utah, as well as parts of Arizona and Asia Pacific,” said Todd McCullough, director of distribution at the facility. “We do everything here from coffee to syrups to behind-the-bar supplies.”

McCullough, who has worked at the Carson Valley Roasting Center and Distribution Center since it opened in 2003, said the expansion will create a range of new jobs for managers, supervisors, coordinators and distribution partners.

Lisa Granahan, economic vitality manager for Douglas Country, where the distribution center is located, said Starbucks provides vital balance in a local economy where a third of the workforce holds lower-paying tourism and leisure positions.

“It’s been a target of the country and our Economic Vitality Program to grow more of the industrial sector,” said Granahan. “We’re just extremely pleased to see Starbucks expansion and the additional jobs, and further diversification of our community. I also believe this could bolster the number of working families in our community. We have seen a decline in our school system over the years. We’d just really love to see our school numbers rise again.”

The Carson Valley facility is also the site of the first Starbucks Inclusion Academy. Launched in 2014, it provides six weeks of training to help individuals with disabilities gain meaningful work experience in manufacturing, warehousing and distribution.

Its success has prompted Starbucks to expand the program to the York Distribution Center in York, Penn., in 2015 and launch the Starbucks Retail Inclusion Academy in Baltimore in April. McCullough said 27 members of the Inclusion Academy’s eight graduating classes have been hired by Starbucks and expansion will create additional job opportunities for grads.

“We think the Inclusion Academy is outstanding,” said Granahan.

Starbucks was named Business of the Year for Douglas County in 2016. Granahan said Starbucks earned the honor for a variety of reasons, including its growth, benefits programs, sustainability efforts and ongoing connection with the area.

“Starbucks has made an impact from a community involvement perspective, volunteering thousands of hours and making other sizable donations to local nonprofits,” said Douglas County Manager Lawrence Werner. “It is safe to say other businesses that are considering locating in the county take note of Starbucks decision to be here.”


Phone: 206 318 7100
Email: press@starbucks.com

SOURCE: Starbucks Corporation


CVS Pharmacy to build new distribution center at the Skyport Industrial Park in Kansas City, Mo

America’s leading retail pharmacy plans to open 762,000 sq. ft. center in 2018

KANSAS CITY, Mo, 2016-Dec-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Gov. Jay Nixon today (December 14, 2016) announced that major retailor CVS Pharmacy will build a new 762,000 sq. ft. distribution center in Kansas City, Mo, at the Skyport Industrial Park. The company’s expansion is expected to create more than 360 new jobs in the region.

“Missouri recently reached record employment, with more folks back at work in our state than ever before,” Gov. Nixon said. “Today’s announcement by CVS Pharmacy to create 360 new jobs in Kansas City will continue this momentum, and is great news for area families. Once again, Missouri has shown the nation that we are open for business with a strong and growing economy.”

With access to key road systems in the region, the planned distribution center will support the service and fulfillment needs of more than 370 CVS Pharmacy stores throughout the Midwest. CVS Pharmacy expects to break ground on the 71-acre property in January 2017 and immediately start construction on the facility. The new distribution center is expected to begin operations in 2018.

“This new distribution center is an integral part of CVS Pharmacy’s continued growth as a leading pharmacy, health and beauty destination,” said Kevin Hourican, Executive Vice President, Pharmacy Services & Supply Chain, CVS Health. “The key combination of a high-quality workforce and a centralized location will allow us to better serve the growing needs of our customers throughout the Midwest and beyond.  As a result of our new Midwest distribution center, our delivery drivers will drive hundreds of thousands fewer miles each year to deliver product to our stores, significantly reducing carbon emissions and improving highway safety.”

The new distribution center is expected to add more than 360 new jobs to the Kansas City area, as well as an additional 70 to 100 jobs that will be outsourced to local businesses.  It adds to CVS Pharmacy’s network of 18 distribution centers nationwide.

“CVS’ decision to locate this regional distribution center in Kansas City affirms the transportation infrastructure advantages of this region and the competitive costs for distributing to the greater Midwest from here,” said Chris Gutierrez, President, KC SmartPort, the authority on logistics and opportunities in the 18-county, bi-state Kansas City region.

“On behalf of CVS Pharmacy, we are thrilled to grow our presence in the Kansas City business community. This new location will help us enhance support for our expanding distribution needs in the Midwestern market,” said Ron Link, Senior Vice President of Logistics at CVS Pharmacy.  “We want to thank state and local officials for their cooperation and support during our site selection process.”

“Kansas City is experiencing a large industrial boom and continues to be center of choice for regional and national distribution due to our region’s abundant multi-modal transportation network,” said Kansas City Area Development Council President and CEO Tim Cowden. “We are pleased that CVS Pharmacy chose the KC region and look forward to its future success.”

Missouri is helping the company recruit candidates for the new positions which are expected to be hired starting in early 2018. Additionally, Kansas City approved the company for local personal property tax abatement. The Missouri Partnership also assisted with the company’s expansion to the state.

About CVS Pharmacy

CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), is America’s leading retail pharmacy with over 9,600 locations. It is the first national pharmacy to end the sale of tobacco and the first pharmacy in the nation to receive the Community Pharmacy accreditation from URAC, the leading health care accreditation organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry. CVS Pharmacy is reinventing pharmacy to help people on their path to better health by providing the most accessible and personalized expertise, both in its stores and online at CVS.com. General information about CVS Pharmacy and CVS Health is available at www.cvshealth.com.

Follow the Governor on Twitter @GovJayNixon

Media Contact:

Scott Holste
(573) 751-0290

Stephanie Cunha
CVS Pharmacy

Source: CVS Health

REI brings sustainability and efficiency at its new distribution center

REI brings sustainability and efficiency at its new distribution center
REI brings sustainability and efficiency at its new distribution center


SEATTLE, 2016-Sep-30 — /EPR Retail News/ —  REI, the specialty outdoor co-op, has designed its new distribution center to be Net Zero Energy and is pursuing LEED Platinum—the highest level in the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) rating system. Situated in the Arizona desert, the facility is intended to be one of the world’s most sustainable distribution centers. To encourage further innovation, REI is taking an unusual approach and will make the design information of this facility available to the public, so that others can advance the parameters of sustainable design.

REI is driving sustainability and efficiency at its new distribution center in several new ways:

  • The facility’s 2.2 megawatt solar system produces renewable energy on-site, enough to power the entire facility annually. The system is expected to provide REI with 20 years of free energy and pay for itself in five years.


  • REI and its partners have designed the industry’s first omni-channel one-touch fulfillment system, enabling one person to process items eight times faster than the typical distribution center, meaning that outdoor enthusiasts will get their gear faster.


  • Despite being in the middle of a desert, the distribution center will help restore the nearby Verde River, enhancing water flows and recreation access. This project has led the USGBC to recognize Water Restoration Certificates for LEED points.


  • The distribution center features a non-evaporative cooling system to keep employees cool in the desert heat. The system is fully powered by renewable energy and saves millions of gallons of water every year.

“We are choosing to open-source the design of this distribution center because we believe it is a stake in the ground for green building and can change how companies think about the impact that operations have on the environment—something we could not have achieved without our partners,” said Rick Bingle, REI’s vice president of Supply Chain. “We love the outdoors, so we approached this project as an opportunity to find new ways to reduce our use of natural resources while also making a positive, lasting impact on local outdoor places. We believe that investing in sustainability is not only good for people, places and the planet, but it’s also a smart business decision that creates measurable value. We think this project shows that we can push the boundaries of what’s possible.”

The co-op achieved Net Zero Energy by installing a 2.2 megawatt solar array on the roof that produces enough energy to power the entire facility—equivalent to powering 390 homes for one year. The size of the solar array was modeled to ensure the system would produce enough energy on-site, while still allowing for skylights to provide natural light at workstations throughout the building.

REI set out to show how advanced technology and sustainability can co-exist. Its supply chain team collaborated with key partners to create the industry’s first omni-channel one-touch fulfillment system. This system combines retail and customer orders at each workstation, enabling one person to process items eight times faster than the typical distribution center. The system is fully powered by renewable energy and will support more than 40 percent of the co-op’s sales—reaching approximately 36 percent of customers and 41 percent of the total retail volume.

Notes to editors

Designing a Great Place to Work
REI prioritized employee comfort when designing this building. In addition to the cooling system, the facility features an on-site gym, bike storage, physical therapist and cafe to support the healthy, active lifestyles of employees. Employees can also control their own microclimate through innovative hyperchairs, allowing employees to heat or cool individual office chairs for more comfort while using less energy.

Water Conservation
REI designed this facility to conserve water and protect the delicate environment of the surrounding Arizona desert. REI chose a non-evaporative cooling system, which keeps temperatures consistent from floor to ceiling while saving millions of gallons of water annually. The co-op also invested in an innovative restoration project at the Verde River, high in the Phoenix watershed.

In partnership with Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) and The Nature Conservancy of Arizona, the project will help modernize irrigation infrastructure to conserve water and enhance flows for recreation and wildlife, protect farmland and limit development and water extraction in sensitive areas, remove invasive plants to restore river habitat, and enhance recreation access at key sites along the river. USGBC awarded REI with two LEED points for the pilot project and now recognizes Water Restoration Certificates, which will ultimately restore more natural water systems, wetlands and damaged watersheds.

LEED Certification
REI is pursuing LEED Platinum certification for this building. The USGBC’s LEED green building program is the preeminent program for the design, construction, maintenance and operations of high-performance green building. REI currently has six LEED certified facilities—with a combined total size of more than 700,000 square feet. The co-op’s developer is also pursuing LEED certification for the building that will house REI’s new flagship store in Washington, D.C.

REI’s distribution center was designed by Butler Design Group in collaboration with Rocky Mountain Institute, who led a three-day design session early in the process to think creatively about how to achieve REI’s ambitious sustainability and technology goals. The developer and owner advocate was Merit Partners, Inc. and the builder was The Renaissance Companies. Technology design and implementation was led by DMW&H and KNAPP, and the LEED certification was led by CBRE. EDF Climate Corps were involved early in the process to determine the financial feasibility of the project.

The facility joins REI distribution centers in Sumner, Wash., and Bedford, Penn. Additional information on REI’s sustainability efforts is available at www.rei.com/stewardship.

About REI
REI is a specialty outdoor retailer, headquartered near Seattle. The nation’s largest consumer co-op, REI is a growing community of more than 6 million active members who expect and love the best quality gear, inspiring expert classes and trips, and outstanding customer service. REI has 146 stores in 35 states. If you can’t visit a store, you can shop at REI.comREI.com/REI-Garage or the free REI shopping app. REI isn’t just about gear. You can take the trip of a lifetime with REI Adventures, a global leader in active adventure travel that runs 150 custom-designed itineraries on every continent. REI’s Outdoor School is run by professionally-trained, expert-instructors who teach beginner- to advanced-level courses about a wide range of activities. To build on the infrastructure that makes life outside possible, REI invests millions annually in hundreds of local and national nonprofits that create access to–and steward–the outdoor places that inspire us.

For more information or to request an interview, please contact:
REI Public Affairs
(253) 395-5958

Source: REI


ALDI earns LEED Gold certification for its distribution center and regional headquarters in Moreno Valley, California

Batavia, Ill., 2016-Sep-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — ALDI, one of America’s favorite grocery stores *, has earned LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for its environmentally sustainable distribution center and regional headquarters in Moreno Valley, California.

According to USGBC, LEED projects are responsible for diverting more than 80 million tons of waste from landfills. Compared to the average commercial building, LEED Gold buildings consume a quarter less energy and generate 34 percent lower greenhouse gas emissions.

“ALDI is taking steps wherever possible to reduce our environmental impact,” said ALDI Vice President Aaron Sumida. “Building our warehouse to meet LEED Gold requirements is a significant achievement, one that will enable us to conserve energy, reduce water consumption, which is critical in California, and ultimately reduce our carbon footprint.”

To meet LEED Gold standards, ALDI worked with Graycor Construction Company as the design-build partner along with architects and engineers to improve the design and materials used in the development of its distribution center and regional headquarters. The sustainable building features installed in the Moreno Valley facility include:

 Renewable energy from on-site solar panels that provide 60 percent of the electricity at the ALDI Moreno Valley regional headquarters and warehouse.
 Ammonia refrigeration system which is a naturally occurring element and highly energy efficient.
 Electric vehicle charging stations and bicycle racks that promote the use of greener methods of transportation.
 Water efficient landscaping and plumbing.

“Nearly 40 percent of the solution to the global climate change challenge can come from improved building operations. And while climate change is a global problem, innovative companies like ALDI are addressing it through local solutions,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair of USGBC. “By implementing measures to ensure the facility is operating more efficiently, ALDI is helping us get one step closer to USGBC’s vision of a sustainably built environment within a generation and contributing to the uptake of green building practice worldwide.”

The accomplishment is representative of the collective efforts of ALDI and their design-build team comprised of Graycor Construction Company as the builder and multiple design partners which included HPA Architecture, Webber/Smith Associates, Inc., Gregg Electric, Inc., Air Control Systems, HSA Engineering, Inc., Huitt-Zollars, Ridge Landscape Architects and KDI.

“The ALDI Moreno Valley facility epitomizes what can be achieved when there is shared mutual respect, trust and cooperation between all project team members—owner, contractor, designers, subcontractors and regulatory agencies,” said Daren Sealover, Project Executive, Graycor Construction Company. “The facility is beautifully – and most importantly – sustainably built and I couldn’t be more proud to have partnered with ALDI on this project.”

Throughout the construction of its Moreno Valley warehouse, ALDI diverted more than 90 percent of its waste to be recycled, composted or repurposed.

“ALDI shoppers know that we save them time and money while offering their families premium quality groceries at affordable prices,” said Sumida. “With this LEED recognition, they also know that ALDI is doing our part to reduce our impact on the environment by embracing sustainable initiatives across our business.”

ALDI embraces sustainable initiatives not only in California, but across all its operations. ALDI stores have a smaller carbon footprint than traditional grocery stores, due to their smaller size. ALDI stores also feature environmentally friendly building materials and state-of-the-art lighting and refrigeration systems that reduce energy use.

“As ALDI expands operations to California, we will continue to uphold these values by ensuring our California stores feature sustainable building elements designed to reduce our carbon footprint through energy efficiency, waste reduction and green building design,” said Sumida.

For more information about the company’s Corporate Responsibility efforts, visit https://corporate.aldi.us/en/corporate-responsibility.

About ALDI Inc.
A leader in the grocery retailing industry, ALDI operates more than 1,500 US stores in 34 states. More than 32 million customers each month save up to 50 percent* on their grocery bills, benefiting from the ALDI simple and streamlined approach to retailing. ALDI sells the most frequently purchased grocery and household items, primarily under its exclusive brands, which must meet or exceed the national name brands on taste and quality. ALDI is so confident in the quality of its products, the company offers a Double Guarantee: If for any reason a customer is not 100 percent satisfied with any ALDI food product, ALDI will gladly replace the product and refund the purchase price. ALDI was honored with the 2015 Supermarket News Retail Achievement Award, recognizing the company for its ongoing business expansion and product evolution. For more information about ALDI, visit aldi.us

About LEED Gold Certification
LEED certification provides independent verification of a building or neighborhood’s green features, allowing for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of resource-efficient, highperforming, healthy, cost-effective buildings. LEED projects are responsible for diverting over 80 million tons of waste from landfills. Compared to the average commercial building, LEED Gold buildings consume a quarter less energy and generate 34 percent lower greenhouse gas emissions.

About Graycor Construction Company Inc.
Graycor Construction Company Inc. is a leader in managing new construction and interiors projects throughout North America. Graycor Construction Company Inc. serves clients in the corporate, cultural/educational, healthcare, living & lodging, logistics & distribution, manufacturing and retail markets. To learn more about Graycor Construction Company Inc., visit www.graycorconstruction.com.

* According to a survey of US consumers conducted in 2016 by Market Force Information. **Based upon a price comparison of comparable products sold at leading national retail grocery stores. The LEED certification trademark is owned by the U.S. Green Building Council and is used with permission.

ALDI Contact:
Kelsey Williamson
(312) 988-2087

Graycor Contact:
Sue Traeder
(630) 684-7461

Source: ALDI Inc.

Starbucks announces the expansion of its York, Pa. distribution center

Starbucks announces the expansion of its York, Pa. distribution center
Starbucks announces the expansion of its York, Pa. distribution center


YORK, PA., 2016-Aug-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — The York Distribution Center expansion will increase Starbucks distribution capacity by 35 percent and will support the company’s deliveries to more than 3,000 Starbucks® stores across the Northeastern United States and parts of Canada and Europe. The distribution center is adjacent to Starbucks York Roasting Plant – one of the largest coffee roasting plants in the world. Based in York for 21 years, the plant employs more than 500 people and roasts over 3 million pounds of coffee each week.

“As we looked at our long-term growth plans for the business, and the current demands for distribution at scale, we needed to invest in additional capacity,” said Jim Wells, vice president of Starbucks Distribution and Supply Chain Operations. “Since opening our roasting facility here in 1995 with just a handful of people, we now have more than 500 full-time partners with plans to hire 300 more over the next three to five years. We’ve invested in the community of York for the past 21 years, and there’s no better location to continue to grow our business and create jobs and economic development.”

The facility is the single largest speculative project built in the area to date by Hillwood, the real estate developer for the project. “Central Pennsylvania’s continued growth creates an ideal area for logistics operators to expand their presence,” said Gary Frederick, Senior Vice President and Market Leader for Hillwood’s Northeast U.S. industrial business. “With numerous sites under construction, Hillwood sees continued growth and steady demand for industrial space in the market.”

“We are delighted that we are able to continue to work with Starbucks in 2016 as the company launches plans to increase its physical presence in York County and create 300 new jobs,” said Loren Kroh, Interim President and CEO, York County Economic Alliance.

Investing in Starbucks Inclusion Academy
As part of this expansion, the company will also further invest in The Starbucks Inclusion Academy, which is a unique on-the-job training program that helps individuals with disabilities gain meaningful work experience in manufacturing, warehousing and distribution roles. The academy’s six-week program runs throughout the year and has resulted in many participants being offered full-time positions at the Starbucks facility.

The Starbucks Inclusion Academy program formally launched in 2014 at the company’s roasting plant in Carson City, Nevada. Starbucks is collaborating with Nevada’s Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR) to execute the training program. The York plant is the second Starbucks facility to adopt the program. Similar training opportunities are being evaluated for the rest of Starbucks manufacturing plants and distribution centers across the nation.

Media contact:

Phone: 206 318 7100
Email: press@starbucks.com

Source: Starbucks


Jean Coutu Group to hold press conference and guided tour of the distribution center on July 5, 2016

Varennes, Quebec,, 2016-Jul-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc. (the “Corporation” or the “Jean Coutu Group”) wishes to remind media that representatives of the Jean Coutu Group will meet the press after the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders on Tuesday, July 5, 2016. A guided tour of the distribution center will be organized for media representatives after the press conference.

What: Press conference and guided tour of the distribution center.

When: Tuesday, July 5, 2016, around 10:30 a.m.

Where: The Jean Coutu Group Head Office. 245 Jean Coutu Street, Varennes, Quebec

About The Jean Coutu Group
The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc. operates a network of 420 franchised drugstores in Canada located in Quebec, New Brunswick and Ontario (under the banners of PJC Jean Coutu, PJC Clinique and PJC Santé Beauté) and employs more than 20,000 people. The Jean Coutu Group is one of the most trusted names in Canadian pharmaacy retailing.

Hélène Bisson
Vice-President, Communications
The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc.
(450) 646-9611, Extension 1165

Source: The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc.

Dollar General opens its 13th distribution center in San Antonio, Texas; creates more than 500 local jobs

Major retailer invests $100 million and creates more than 500 jobs to support southwest stores

San Antonio, Texas, 2016-Jun-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — This morning (June 4, 2016), nearly 1,000 people including Dollar General (NYSE:DG) employees and their families, company executives and local government leaders celebrated the grand opening of the discount retailer’s 13th distribution center in San Antonio, Texas. Located in Bexar County, the distribution center represents a local investment of approximately $100 million and the creation of more than 500 local jobs.

“Dollar General is excited to celebrate the grand opening of our San Antonio distribution center,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s chief executive officer. “We have quickly built a great team in San Antonio. This new facility strengthens our distribution network and helps our stores better serve our customers. We look forward to a longstanding partnership with the community as we continue to focus on our mission of Serving Others.”

Dollar General began construction with Whiting-Turner Construction on the 930,000 square foot facility in late 2014. The distribution center began receiving in December 2015 and shipping products in February 2016. It serves more than 800 stores in Texas, Louisiana and New Mexico. With the completion of this project and its 67 store locations in the county, Dollar General now has more than 1,000 employees in Bexar County. With more than 1,300 store locations in Texas, Dollar General employs more than 11,250 people in the Lone Star state.

“I am pleased to see a major employer bring so many jobs that meet our economic development criteria and goals,” Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff said. “Dollar General has brought a major economic boost to East Bexar County with the distribution center.”

“It’s gratifying to see that what began as an initial site location analysis in October 2013 has evolved into Dollar General’s newest regional distribution hub,” said Tom Long, executive vice president of the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation. “We are proud to announce that the Institute for Economic Development at UTSA estimated the economic impact of Dollar General’s investment to exceed $750 million over the next 10 years, contributing to the growth and prosperity of our community.”

As part of the celebration, Dollar General donated $10,000 to the Carver Branch Library to support its literacy and outreach initiatives.

Dollar General’s 12 other distribution centers are located in Alachua, Florida; Ardmore, Oklahoma; Bessemer, Alabama; Bethel, Pennsylvania; Fulton, Missouri; Indianola, Mississippi; Jonesville, South Carolina; Lebec, California; Marion, Indiana; Scottsville, Kentucky; South Boston, Virginia and Zanesville, Ohio. The company has begun construction on its 14th distribution center in Janesville, Wisconsin and is planning for its 15thdistribution center in Jackson, Georgia.

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About Dollar General Corporation
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years through its mission of Serving Others . Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, housewares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. With 12,719 stores in 43 states as of April 29, 2016, Dollar General is among the largest discount retailers in the United States. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted manufacturers such as Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, Kellogg’s, General Mills, Nabisco, Hanes, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola. Learn more about Dollar General at www.dollargeneral.com



Dollar General opens its 13th distribution center in San Antonio, Texas; creates more than 500 local jobs

Dollar General opens its 13th distribution center in San Antonio, Texas; creates more than 500 local jobs

Rite Aid Corporation opens its new distribution center in Spartanburg, S.C.

  • Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt to Join Rite Aid Officials at Ribbon-Cutting Today at 10 a.m. 
  • Rite Aid Foundation Donates $25,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of the Upstate as Part of Celebration

CAMP HILL, Pa., 2016-Jun-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) announced today (June 1, 2016) the grand opening of its new distribution center in Spartanburg, S.C. Located at 789 Flatwood Industrial Drive in Spartanburg, this is the company’s first new distribution center in 16 years.

South Carolina Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt and several other state, city and community officials will join John Standley, Rite Aid chairman and CEO and Ken Martindale, CEO of Rite Aid Stores and president of Rite Aid Corporation for a grand opening event and ribbon-cutting ceremony today at 10 a.m.

“We’re excited to celebrate the grand opening of our newest distribution center in Spartanburg, our first in 16 years.” said Standley. “Featuring highly efficient and advanced technologies, this facility will play a crucial role in our company’s supply chain, supporting more than 1,000 Rite Aid stores across the southeastern United States, and help us deliver a superior customer experience.”

“We were thrilled last year when Rite Aid announced its decision to join the South Carolina family and build this new distribution facility in Spartanburg, but we’re even more excited today to see this world-class facility become a reality. Rite Aid’s Spartanburg County operations and the approximately 600 new jobs it will mean for South Carolinians will have a tremendous impact on the entire state and is a testament to the competitive business environment we have worked so hard to create here,” said South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley.

The 900,000 square foot distribution center sits on 97 acres and is conveniently located near Interstate 85 between Highways 9 and 221 and features:

• High efficiency LED and T5 fluorescent light fixtures and occupancy sensor controlled warehouse lighting
• An on-site truck maintenance facility, including a fueling station, trailer weigh scale and wash area
• High-speed automated palletizers, ergonomically designed manual palletizing stations and automatic label applicators
• State-of-the-art warehouse and labor management system
• Voice pick technology
• 60,000 square feet of office space, including an associate cafeteria, fitness center and other amenities

Added Hitt “As a state with a dynamic transportation, distribution and logistics sector, we’re proud to see yet another nationally recognized company establish distribution operations within our borders. Today, we celebrate the opening of this new Rite Aid facility, as well as the remarkable impact it will have on our Upstate community. I look forward to watching them succeed here for many years to come.”

As part of the grand opening celebration, The Rite Aid Foundation will present a $25,000 donation to Boys & Girls Clubs of the Upstate. The donation will to be used to expand and support the programs and services offered by the Club at Mary H. Wright Elementary School.

Rite Aid worked with Johnson Development Associates, a leading real estate development firm based in Spartanburg, to design and build the new facility.

The Company would also like to thank the following organizations from the state who helped make its Spartanburg distribution center possible through economic development grants, job development credits and other assistance: Spartanburg County; the Spartanburg Economic Futures Group; the South Carolina Department of Commerce; the Coordination Council for Economic Development; the South Carolina Power Team; the Broad River Electric Cooperative; and Spartanburg Community College.

In South Carolina, Rite Aid employs 1,531 at its 91 stores and distribution center.

Rite Aid Corporation is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2016 annual revenues of $30.7 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.



Media: Kristin Kellum 717-975-5713

QVC to open state-of-the-art distribution center in Ontario, California

New facility will create hundreds of local jobs

WEST CHESTER, PA., 2015-7-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — QVC, the world’s leading video and ecommerce retailer, announced today that it will open a state-of-the-art distribution center in Ontario, California. When the new facility begins operation in the third quarter of 2016, it will serve as a West Coast distribution hub for QVC.

As QVC ramps up operations, the center is expected to employ more than 500 team members by 2018. QVC anticipates hiring approximately 1,000 team members in total by 2020 as the distribution center expands fulfillment to all product categories.

“At QVC, distribution plays a significant role in enriching the customer service experience. For each and every product we ship, we look at it as an opportunity to build trust, loyalty and engagement with our customers,” said James Reid, vice president of distribution operations at QVC. “This new distribution center will enable us to efficiently and swiftly serve our customers throughout the Western United States.”

QVC’s current U.S. distribution centers are located in Suffolk, Virginia; Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Rocky Mount, North Carolina; and Florence, South Carolina. The existing distribution network has shipped more than 570,000 units in a single day.

“California Governor Jerry Brown, the County of San Bernardino, and the Ontario government and staff were instrumental in our decision to select this site,” added Reid. “QVC looks forward to working with local business and government officials, and becoming an active part of the Ontario community.”

The West Coast distribution center will be designed to accommodate approximately 20% of QVC’s total U.S. business, with plans to store and ship all product categories.

“We are honored that QVC chose California for the location of their new state-of-the art facility and look forward to continuing to help them expand in the Golden State,” said Mike Rossi, senior advisor for jobs and business development to Governor Jerry Brown. “QVC applied and was awarded a California Competes tax credit that has proven to be a valuable recruitment tool to attract global companies to California.”

Over the past 28 years, QVC has shipped more than 1.7 billion packages in the United States.

“I am excited to welcome QVC, the world’s leading video and e-commerce retailer, to the city of Ontario,” said Ontario Mayor Paul Leon. “The addition of QVC’s new West Coast distribution center furthers the council’s goal to invest in growth that will continue to drive the city’s economy.”

The new LEED-certified facility will utilize high efficiency systems for lighting, heating and cooling and will feature a 250 kW solar array on its rooftop. The West Coast distribution center will also lower the company’s use of trucking by more than 10 million miles annually, leading to a reduction of more than 35 million pounds of CO2 emissions per year.

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About QVC
QVC, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Interactive Corporation (NASDAQ: QVCA, QVCB), is the world’s leading video and ecommerce retailer. QVC is committed to providing its customers with thousands of the most innovative and contemporary beauty, fashion, jewelry and home products. Its programming is distributed to approximately 300 million homes worldwide through operations in the U.S., Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy and a joint venture in China. Based in West Chester, Pa. and founded in 1986, QVC has evolved from a TV shopping company to a leading ecommerce and mobile commerce retailer. The company’s website, QVC.com, is ranked among the top general merchant Internet sites. QVC, Q, and the Q Ribbon Logo are registered service marks of ER Marks, Inc.

Rite Aid Corporation to build 900,000 square foot distribution center in Spartanburg, S.C.

  • Rite Aid’s First New Facility in 15 Years Set to Open in 2016
  • Conveniently Located Near I-85 Corridor, Center Will Create Nearly 600 Jobs and Service Approx. 1,000 Rite Aid Stores Across Southeast

CAMP HILL, Pa., 2015-1-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid Corporation announced today plans to build a 900,000 square foot distribution center in Spartanburg, S.C. The new distribution center will employ nearly 600 people after it becomes fully operational and will support the inventory and fulfillment needs of approximately 1,000 Rite Aid stores in the southeastern United States. The Spartanburg distribution center, a $90 million project, will be Rite Aid’s first new distribution facility in 15 years.

“Rite Aid’s decision to build a new distribution center in Spartanburg County is a tremendous reason to celebrate,” said South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. “This $90 million investment that will create hundreds of jobs in the Upstate will make a real difference in the local community. We welcome Rite Aid to the South Carolina family and look forward to watching them succeed here for many years to come.”

“Spartanburg is an ideal location for our new distribution center,” said John Standley, Rite Aid chairman and CEO. “We thank the state of South Carolina for their cooperation and support during our site selection process and we look forward to breaking ground on our new facility which will help us to further optimize our supply chain and better serve our stores and customers across the Southeast.”

In April 2014, after a comprehensive review of its supply chain and logistics network, Rite Aid announced its plan to consolidate three of its existing distribution centers, located in Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Charlotte, N.C.; and Poca W.Va., into one new facility, as part of its ongoing efforts to improve operating efficiency across the company.

Added South Carolina Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt, “Having such a successful, nationally recognized company, like Rite Aid, select South Carolina for a major distribution operation is a testament to the business-friendly reputation our state has earned. Congratulations to Rite Aid and Spartanburg County on this exciting news.”

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits related to the project. Additionally, the South Carolina Power Team, in conjunction with Broad River Electric Cooperative, committed a $520,000 grant for infrastructure in support of the project.

Rite Aid is working with Johnson Development Associates, a leading real estate development firm based in Spartanburg, on the project.

Information on employment opportunities at Rite Aid’s new facility in Spartanburg will be made available in the second half of 2015. Currently, Rite Aid employs nearly 1,400 and operates 95 stores in South Carolina.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2014 annual revenues of $25.5 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

As South Carolina’s leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing businesses grow. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as Boeing, Bridgestone, Continental, Monster.com, ZF Group, BMW and Google Inc. and also supports small and existing business, rural development initiatives and community development. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. South Carolina ranked first in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment, according to IBM-Plant Location International reports in both 2012 and 2013. The state won the Gold Shovel Award and the Project of Year Award from Area Development magazine in 2012. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.



Investors: Matt Schroeder 717-214-8867 or investor@riteaid.com

Media: Ashley Flower 717-975-5718