Kroger Plans $225 Million Industrial Project

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Kroger Co., the nation’s largest grocery store chain, has been scouting Atlanta for several months, searching for the best place to put their newest facility. In the initial stages of touring the market, Kroger expressed their need for a 1 million – 1.5 million square foot development, which would include a distribution center, freezer facility, and truck maintenance facility. Of all the options, Kroger Co. has narrowed it down to two locations, the front runner being located in Fulton County at the Fulton County Airport – Brown Field. The proposal submitted to the Fulton County Commissioners called for construction of about 2.8 million square feet of industrial logistics, distribution, and warehousing space on 300 acres of county-owned land in the North Terminal Area of the Fulton County Airport, just west of Atlanta. If the Kroger project falls through, which has been code named “Project Jasper,” the county is also working on another proposal that involves up to 2.8 million square feet of development.

Kroger Co. is not the only company seeking large developments in and around Atlanta. Proctor & Gamble is in talks for major upgrades to its Atlanta operations and facilities, and Hankook tires has been touring the market in search for the perfect place for a new tire production plant. While Kroger has opted to stay closer to the city for its development, Hankook’s interest has been most drawn by site farther from Atlanta, including sites in West Point and Commerce.

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