Harris Teeter to expand distribution center
Gov. Pat McCrory and N.C. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced today that Harris Teeter, LLC will expand the perishable facility of its existing Indian Trail Distribution Center in Union County.
The Company’s Indian Trail Distribution Center currently serves an estimated 104 stores across North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida, and the expansion will allow Harris Teeter to serve up to 125 stores.
The company plans to create 41 jobs and invest more than $5.5 million over the next three years in Indian Trail.
“We’re committed to promoting economic growth in North Carolina, and we know that many of those jobs will come from existing companies like Harris Teeter,” said Governor McCrory. “Harris Teeter’s decision to expand in Union County shows the company’s support of the local community.”
Harris Teeter is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Kroger Co. and operates 230 grocery stores in eight states throughout the Southeast as well as the District of Columbia. Harris Teeter distributes products through two distribution centers in North Carolina, as well as a relay station located in Virginia.
“North Carolina continues to be a top choice for companies looking to establish advanced distribution facilities,” said Sharon Decker, North Carolina Commerce Secretary. “We have the skilled workforce Harris Teeter needs to grow and flourish in North Carolina.”
Harris Teeter’s Indian Trail Distribution Center currently includes both a perishable and grocery facility. The Company anticipates starting construction on the 50,000 square foot expansion by late October 2014 and believes construction will take up to 1o months to complete. The expansion will allow the company to more efficiently operate its distribution network and deliver to the Harris Teeter stores served by its Indian Trail Distribution Center.
The project was made possible in part by a performance-based grant from the One North Carolina Fund of up to $40,000. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance, through local governments, to attract business projects that will stimulate economic activity and create new jobs in the state. Companies receive no money up front and must meet job creation and investment performance standards to qualify for grant funds. These grants also require and are contingent upon local matches.
Salaries will vary by job function, but the annual payroll for the new jobs will be $1.9 million.
"North Carolina and Union County have proven to be an exceptional source of talent for growing companies,” said Senator Tommy Tucker. “I will continue to focus hard on economic development and job creation in this region.”
“This new facility will provide an important economic boost to Union County and the surrounding area,” said Rep. Dean Arp. “We welcome Harris Teeter’s expansion and wish them continued success.”
Other partners that helped with this project include: the N.C. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Partnership of N.C., N.C. Community Colleges, South Piedmont Community College, Union County, and Monroe-Union County Economic Development.
Information about jobs at Harris Teeter can be found on harristeeter.jobs.