CVS Pharmacy will build a 762,000-square-foot distribution center at Kansas City, Missouri’s Skyport Industrial Park. The retail pharmacy’s new distribution center is expected to create more than 360 new jobs, as well as up to 100 additional jobs that will be outsourced to local businesses.
CVS Pharmacy expects to break ground on the 71-acre facility, located near Kansas City International Airport and Interstate 29, in January 2017 and immediately start construction. The new distribution center is expected to begin operations in 2018.
“The key combination of a high-quality workforce and a centralized location will support the growing needs of our customers throughout the Midwest and beyond,” said Kevin Hourican, Executive Vice President, Pharmacy Services & Supply Chain, CVS Health. “As a result of our new Midwest distribution center, our delivery drivers will drive hundreds of thousands fewer miles each year to deliver product to our stores, significantly reducing carbon emissions and improving highway safety.”
With access to key road systems in the region, the new distribution center will support the service and fulfillment needs of more than 370 stores throughout the Midwest.
“Kansas City continues to be recognized as a signature location for regional and national distribution due to our central location and quality workforce,” said Kansas City Area Development Council President and CEO Tim Cowden. “We are thrilled that CVS Pharmacy has chosen the KC region for its new Midwest distribution center and look forward to its success.”
“Missouri recently reached record employment, with more folks back at work in our state than ever before,” said Missouri Governor Jay Nixon. “Today’s announcement by CVS Pharmacy to create 360 new jobs in Kansas City will continue this momentum, and is great news for area families. Once again, Missouri has shown the nation that we are open for business with a strong and growing economy.”
“CVS Pharmacy’s decision to locate this regional distribution center in the Kansas City area affirms the transportation infrastructure advantages of this region and the competitive costs for distributing to the greater Midwest,” said KC SmartPort President Chris Gutierrez. “We are proud to welcome this new CVS Pharmacy facility to our KC region.”
“On behalf of CVS Pharmacy, we are thrilled to grow our presence in the Kansas City business community. This new location will help us better support our expanding distribution needs in the Midwestern market,” said Ron Link, Senior Vice President of Logistics at CVS/pharmacy. “We want to thank state and local officials for their cooperation and support during our site selection process.”
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