Publix Super Markets plans to create a one-million-square-foot, $188.5 million, distribution center in Orlando, Florida.
"It is always good news for Florida when a company expands and increases its investment here," said Governor Rick Scott. "Publix has a well-known history as one of Florida's leading corporate citizens and contributors to our economic growth."
Publix is working to make the new refrigerated distribution center operational by fourth quarter 2014, according to Richard Schuler, Publix's vice president of distribution. The supermarket firm estimates 156 new jobs will be created.
"In order to maintain our service levels to our stores and our service commitment to our customers, we needed to plan for future growth with an addition of a refrigerated distribution center," Schuler said. "Orlando was the best choice given inbound and outbound deliveries and the proximity to major roadways."
"The Publix Distribution Center will create quality jobs for residents and infuse a significant amount of capital in our city," said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. "The company's decision to expand in our community is a true testament to the strong economy and business friendly environment that exists in the City of Orlando."
Publix received an incentive package totaling about $3.8 million from state Economic Development and city of Orlando, which include transportation infrastructure improvement grants, job training and hiring incentives.
"A project of this magnitude is quite rare, especially in times like these," said Rick L. Weddle, president and CEO of the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission.