Area Development
Save-A-Lot, a discount grocery retailer, plans to open a new 250,374-square-foot food distribution center in Pompano Beach, Florida.

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, said the state-of-the-art center will be located at 2800 North Andrews Avenue. The center will initially employ more than 30 employees, with the potential for creating more jobs once the facility is at full capacity.

Formerly operated as a US Foodservice Cold Storage facility containing 217,806 square feet of usable space, the property landlord, KTR Capital Partners, will expand the existing location to 250,374 square feet and renovate the remaining space to accommodate Save-A-Lot's dry and cold storage operations, the Fort Lauderdale economic development alliance said.

"With this project, we continue to reinvest in the Save-A-Lot distribution model as part of our ongoing commitment to the brand and positioning for overall growth of the hard discount model," said Santiago Roces, Save-A-Lot president and CEO. "We chose South Florida for our new distribution center because of its excellent business climate, central location and industrious workforce. For the state of Florida and the surrounding region, it means economic growth and jobs. I believe this will be a wonderful partnership for Save-A-Lot, Pompano Beach and the South Florida region."

The firm did not disclose details about the cost of its investment or any incentives offered by state or local authorities.

Save-A-Lot operates more than 1,300 stores in 39 states, and has identified plans to double the number of stores it operates nationally, the Fort Lauderdale Alliance said. Currently, there are 139 Save-A-Lot stores in Florida. The new distribution center will help support the company's growth plans in Southern Florida and the surrounding area, which the company has identified as a key region for development. In addition to supporting Save-A-Lot stores and future growth in the region, the new state-of-the-art food distribution center will feature the latest in green technologies for the most efficient use of energy, including lights that only operate when a person is present, and an HVAC system with smart thermostats.