The Kroger Co., America's largest grocery retailer, and Ocado Group will establish a spoke facility in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The project is expected to create 191 jobs.
The 50,000-square-foot location at 8801 North I-35 Service Road will collaborate with the hub in Dallas, Texas, serving as a last-mile cross-dock location that efficiently expands Kroger's grocery delivery services and extends its reach to customers up to 200 miles from the hub. The facility is expected to become operational in late 2022.
"We're excited to extend the Kroger fulfillment network to Oklahoma City, a new geography for our operation and an integral part of our strategy to achieve the doubling of our digital sales and profitability rate by the end of 2023," said Gabriel Arreaga, Kroger's senior vice president and chief supply chain officer. "This grocery delivery service is an innovative addition to the expanding digital shopping experience available to our customers. The spoke facility will provide unmatched, impeccable customer service and improve direct access to fresh food in areas eager for the variety and value offered by Kroger."
According to company officials, as a continuation of Kroger's successful entry into Florida in 2021, the location will serve as another new geography for the company, bringing innovation and modern e-commerce to the area, extending the grocer's reach and ability to provide its customers anything, anytime, anywhere.
“Kroger's new e-commerce model is innovative, creates new fresh grocery opportunities for the Greater Oklahoma City region and paves the way for improving health and quality of life for Oklahomans,” added Governor Kevin Stitt.