Kroger builds customer fulfillment center

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Supermarket chain The Kroger Co. is building an automated warehouse in Groveland.

It is partnering with Ocado Solutions, a U.K.-based third-party logistics company that offers online grocery retailing services, on the $55 million, 375,000-sq.-ft. project.

The facility, will be the twin to one already under construction in Monroe, Ohio. As a customer fulfillment center, “the shed” as Kroger refers to it, will rely on automated technology.

“Kroger is excited to enter Florida to redefine the customer experience through our industry-leading partnership with Ocado,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO.

“There’s a substantial demand for Kroger products and services in the state, and we’re eager to offer a new and seamless experience through the customer fulfillment center, leveraging advanced robotics technology and creative solutions to provide customers with anything, anytime, anywhere.”

The new CFC will be located at 7925 American Way in Groveland and is expected to become operational in 2021.

“We are excited about the opportunities Kroger’s state-of-the-art customer fulfillment center will bring to Lake County,” said Tracy Garcia, director, Elevate Lake Economic Development.

“The jobs being created are an important factor, as it adds more vibrancy to our community. This will enable many of the 62,000 residents that travel elsewhere for work to stay closer to home for quality employment—trading precious commute time for quality personal time.”

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