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Kroger already expanding distribution center in Florence and adding 250 full-time associates

Only nine months after opening, a Kroger distribution center in Florence will add 250 full-time associates as the company invests nearly $18 million at the facility to support its e-commerce and digital services.

“The facility has been a great success for the company since it opened, and we are excited to expand and continue our growth with the support of Boone County and the state of Kentucky,” said Frank Bruni, Kroger’s vice president of supply chain and logistics. “We appreciate the partnership with local leaders and the community, and look forward to adding 250 new associates from the area to help us redefine the grocery customer experience through Restock Kroger.”

Kroger will purchase new equipment and upgrade technology at its 674,000-square-foot facility on Mount Zion Rd., which opened in October 2017 as a replenishment center to service the company’s direct-to-store distribution centers across the eastern half of the US. The new project will further support the company’s growing e-commerce and digital offerings. The facility currently employs approximately 80 associates.

“It was less than a year ago that Kroger opened its distribution center in Boone County, and it is clear from this additional investment that the company recognizes Northern Kentucky as the best possible location for further success and growth,” Gov. Matt Bevin said. “Distribution and logistics is a thriving industry in the commonwealth, and this announcement is just the latest confirmation of that fact. We greatly appreciate Kroger’s confidence in the Northern Kentucky region and its ongoing commitment to investing and growing in our state.”

Kroger was founded in 1883 by Barney Kroger in downtown Cincinnati, where it remains headquartered. The company since grew to be the largest traditional grocer in America with 2,800 stores in 35 states, nearly a half-million associates and annual sales in excess of $122 billion.

Kroger maintains 114 stores and seven jewelry stores in Kentucky, employing 21,225 people. The Commonwealth also is home to four manufacturing and distribution facilities, as well as a regional headquarters in Louisville. For more than 20 years, Kroger’s floral designers have created the famous Kentucky Derby Garland of Roses, and last year, Kroger and the University of Kentucky entered a 12-year marketing agreement that included renaming the university’s football stadium to Kroger Field.

For more information about The Kroger Co., visit www.TheKrogerCo.com.

From Governor’s Office

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