Despite a December speed bump, Publix continues its push to build a new $400 million North Carolina distribution center, and the retailer is one step closer with this latest approval.
Last summer Publix announced its plan for a campus containing multiple facilities devoted to product distribution. The facilities include a 1.1-million-square-foot refrigerated warehouse, a 120,000-square-foot food manufacturing facility, a 1.3-million-square-foot dry warehouse, plus parking and staging areas for tractor trailers, parking for associates, and additional support buildings.
The latest step comes in the form of a water protection variance from officials in eastern Guilford County that the retailer has been waiting on. Triad Business Journal reports that on July 10, the Water Quality Committee of the N.C. Environmental Management Commission approved the request to commence construction of the distribution center.
The retailer had to not only contend with the Water Quality Committee, but also conduct a project to widen a section of US 70 freeway to accommodate the distribution center—a project that cost $8.3 million dollars.
According to the news source, the distribution center will generate an anticipated 1,000 new jobs in Greensboro, NC. Set to be completed by early 2022, will the massive new facility also set the retailer up to increase its store presence in the region? Deli Market News will continue to update.