Publix breaks ground on North Carolina distribution center

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Publix’s new refrigerated distribution center in Greensboro will be over 940,000 square feet and create up to 1,000 jobs across the region by 2025. Officials held a groundbreaking ceremony recently.

In addition to spurring economic growth across the state, phase one of the project will support more efficient delivery of refrigerated products to Publix locations in the Carolinas and Virginia, and is expected to be completed by the end of 2022.

“The Greensboro Distribution Center will play a key role in supporting our growth in the region,” said Publix Super Markets CEO Todd Jones. “The hundreds of new associates who join the Publix family will help us provide the premier service our customers have come to expect.”

According to a city report, the distribution center will produce an incremental increase in tax revenue of $19.9 million over 10 years. The company was incentivized by an 80% reduction of city and county property taxes over 10 years, equalling about $17 million each. The state offered a $15.9 million incentive package as well.

“We appreciate Publix choosing to grow jobs and put down stronger roots in Guilford County and the Piedmont Triad with this new distribution facility,” Gov. Roy Cooper said at the groundbreaking. “North Carolina will continue to strengthen our workforce to attract more good jobs here in our state.”

In keeping with its culture of giving back, Publix also presented donations to two local nonprofit organizations during the groundbreaking ceremony. BackPack Beginnings and Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina each received $2,500 in support of their programs to help alleviate hunger by providing children with backpacks of food.

“Publix believes in being engaged in our communities,” said Publix Director of Communications Maria Brous. “As a food retailer, we are focused on alleviating hunger in the communities we serve and are proud to support organizations providing food to those in need.”

The Greensboro facility will be Publix’s 10th distribution center, joining Florida locations in Boynton Beach, Deerfield Beach, Jacksonville, Lakeland, Miami, Orlando and Sarasota; Lawrenceville, Georgia; and McCalla, Alabama.

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