Rite Aid Selects Location for New Distribution Center in Spartanburg, South Carolina
Rite Aid Corporation recently announced plans to build a 900,000 square foot distribution center in Spartanburg, S.C., that will support the inventory and fulfillment needs of approximately 1,000 Rite Aid stores in the southeastern United States. The $90 million project facility will be Rite Aid’s first new distribution facility in 15 years and is expected to employ nearly 600 people after it becomes fully operational.
“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.
South Carolina Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt congratulated Rite Aid and Spartanburg County on this decision, saying, “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.”
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 $550,000 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.
Currently, Rite Aid employs nearly 1,400 and operates 95 stores in South Carolina.