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Ross Stores, a chain of American off-price department stores that operate under the name Ross Dress for Less, will open a new distribution and warehousing facility in York County, SC. Under a five year program, the 1.2 million-square-foot building is expected to generate approximately 600 new jobs.
Anticipated to be up and running sometime in 2013, the Rock Hill facility in Antrim Business Park will be used to distribute merchandise to the company’s retail stores in 30 states.
“Ross has found York County a good place to do business over the past 10 years,” Michael Wilson, senior vice president of Supply Chain for Ross, said in a press release. “We currently operate in the county over 1.9 million square feet of warehouse and distribution space as well as our supply chain headquarters. We look forward to adding this new facility to our distribution capabilities.”
According to York County Council Chairman, Britt Blackwell, Ross Dress for Less has made several significant investments in York County over the past decade and with more than 1,200 on staff in the area, currently is one of the county’s largest employers.
“This new operation is verification of York County’s focus on the value of existing industry and the benefits they bring to our community,” Blackwell said. “We are excited about the hundreds of new jobs that will be part of this investment as we strive to make York County the most business-friendly county in the nation.”
“Ross’ decision to invest in South Carolina shows how critical good transportation infrastructure is in attracting investments that create jobs,” said Bobby Hitt, Secretary of Commerce.