Harris Teeter to invest $95M, create 400 jobs in Caroline Co.

Harris Teeter to invest $95M, create 400 jobs in Caroline Co.

CAROLINE, VA (WWBT) - Harris Teeter is establishing a 1.5 million-square-foot distribution operation in Caroline County, Governor Terry McAuliffe announced on Wednesday.

The project will create 400 new jobs in the area. "We look forward to contributing to the county's economic growth as well as job market as we move forward with this project," said Danna Robinson, a Harris Teeter spokesperson.

It will be built right behind the Flying J travel center off of exit 104 on Interstate 95. The plan is to turn more than 100 acres into the distribution center. It is a well traveled area, with easy access to Interstate 95, which is another big reason why the grocery store chain said it is the best place for the distribution center.

"It is gratifying that our business attraction efforts will result in a well-known brand like Harris Teeter establishing its first Virginia distribution operation in Caroline County," said McAuliffe. "This project is a significant win that represents major investment and the creation of hundreds of jobs. Today's announcement is a great step forward in our efforts to diversify and build a new Virginia economy."

McAuliffe has approved a $650,000 grant to assist Caroline County with the project, but the grocer is expected to spend $95 million to build it, according to state leaders.

"Caroline County is gratified that an exceptional company like Harris Teeter has selected our community," said Chairman of the Caroline County Board of Supervisors Calvin Taylor. "Caroline County's interstate access, central location on Interstate 95 and exceptional workforce continues to make Caroline an exceptional community in which businesses may invest and thrive."

So far, the project description said there will be a fuel station, tractor trailer parking, a warehouse, and hundreds of parking spots.

Caroline County leaders said the ground breaking probably won't happen until 2017.

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