The Kroger Company is investing $175 million into a new facility in Forest Park, Georgia, according to Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal. Kroger is one of the world's largest grocery retailers and it's chosen Forest Park as the ideal location for a new distribution center. The location is near the interstate and railway system and will allow the grocer to connect with markets in the Southeast.
The distribution center will be 1 million square feet and located on almost 1,000 acres of land that used to house a U.S. Army base. The Fort Gillem property was transferred from the Department of Defense to the city of Forest Park specifically for this project. The city and the Fort Gillem Implementation Local Redevelopment Authority reworked the property into the newly named Gillem Logistics Center, according to the governor's statement.
The community hopes to turn Gillem Logistics Center into a world-class distribution park, which has the potential to create 1,500 new jobs over the next two years.
Kroger currently employs more than 24,000 workers in Georgia through manufacturing facilities, distribution centers and retail stores. Its newest expansion will create 120 new jobs, according to the governor's statement.
Businesses expanding their facilities should work with operations recruiters to find the most qualified candidates for the new positions.