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Jan. 28 – S.C. lands big fish: Rite Aid selects Spartanburg for new distribution center; will create nearly 600 new jobs

Coastal Empire News Staff Report

January 28, 2015 - Rite Aid Corporation announced today that the company plans to build a 900,000 sq. ft. distribution center in Spartanburg, S.C. The new distribution center is expected to 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. 

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. The new site’s convenient location along the I-85 corridor offers easy access to markets across the Southeast.

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.

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.

According to Rite Aid Chairman and CEO John Standley,  “Spartanburg is an ideal location for our new distribution center. 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.”

“Having such a successful, nationally recognized company, like Rite Aid, pick South Carolina for a major distribution operation speaks to the logistics advantages and business-friendly reputation our state has earned,” added Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

“The Upstate’s proximity to metro markets makes it an ideal location for distribution operations. The Inland Port in Greer experienced strong volumes in its first year, thanks in part to its strategic location in this growing region. We welcome Rite Aid to the Upstate,” stated South Carolina Ports Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome

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.

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