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Kroger, Ocado slate Georgia DC

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ATLANTA — Kroger Co. and online grocery retailer and logistics specialist Ocado are planning to build a customer fulfillment center (CFC) in Forest Park, Ga., not far from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport.

The new CFC represents a $55 million investment that will create more than 400 new jobs, the companies said.

“Kroger is incredibly excited to construct one of our industry-leading Customer Fulfillment Centers in Forest Park — a city south of Atlanta — through our relationship with Ocado,” Robert Clark, Kroger’s senior vice president of supply chain, manufacturing and sourcing, said of the project. “Through our strategic partnership, we are leveraging advanced robotics technology and creative solutions to redefine the customer experience across America.”

Kroger has committed to building 20 CFCs — automated warehouse facilities with digital and robotic capabilities — around the country. In June the retailer broke ground on what it says is America’s first CFC, which is being constructed in Monroe, Ohio. It has also announced plans for a facility in Groveland, Fla.

“Kroger and Ocado’s first customer fulfillment center in metro Atlanta will transform the e-commerce experience for customers in the region,” said Luke Jensen, chief executive officer of Ocado Solutions. “In a fast-developing landscape for grocery retail, Kroger’s determination to continue delivering the best experience for its customers, online as in stores, is ­unparalleled.”

Tim Brown, president of Kroger’s Atlanta division, said the new facility will allow the retailer “to bring customers across the coverage area fresher food faster than ever before.” He added: “I’m thrilled the Atlanta market was selected as one of the 20 CFC sites, and this location is a tribute to the commitment and enthusiasm Kroger has for the City of Forest Park, Clayton County and the State of Georgia.”

The Forest Park CFC will be located at 2000 Anvil Block Road in the Gillem Logistics Center and occupy 375,000 square feet. The CFC is scheduled to break ground later this year and be operational in 2021.


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