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Kroger Establishes Lockbourn, Ohio, Distribution Facility

America's largest grocery retailer The Kroger Co. will establish a spoke operation, powered by the Ocado Group, in Lockbourn, Ohio. The project is expected to create up to 200 jobs in the Columbus region.

The 61,000-square-foot facility located on Shook Road in Lockbourne will collaborate with the fulfillment hub in Monroe, and serve as a last-mile cross-dock location that efficiently extends the fulfillment network reach to customers up to 200 miles away from the hub. At full capacity, customers in more than 250 Central Ohio ZIP codes can experience Kroger Delivery.

"We're proud to expand the Kroger fulfillment network in our home state," said Gabriel Arreaga, Kroger's senior vice president and chief supply chain officer. "The new service is an innovative addition to the expanding digital shopping experience available to Kroger customers. Our delivery business continues to accelerate with the growth of fulfillment and spoke facilities. This expansion will further our commitment to create career opportunities and serve shoppers fresh food fast through interconnected, automated, and last-mile solutions across America."

The opening of the fulfillment center follows another e-commerce achievement for the grocer in the area, the recent launch of the Boost by Kroger Plus annual membership program. For either $59 or $99 per year, Boost provides customers access to benefits like free delivery and 2 Fuel Points for every $1 spent on groceries and general merchandise purchases through Delivery, Pickup and In-Store at your local Kroger.

"We are proud that the nation's largest grocery retailer is headquartered in Ohio, where Kroger continues to evolve its national growth strategy," said J.P. Nauseef, JobsOhio president and CEO. "This new, cutting-edge spoke facility in the Columbus region will connect more people to fresh food, create hundreds of jobs, and bolster efficiencies for Kroger customers in Ohio."

Korger is an American retail company that operates supermarkets and multi-department stores throughout the United States. The company operates a total of 2,726 grocery retail stores under its various banners and divisions in 35 states and the District of Columbia.

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