Kroger building distribution center in DC metro area despite no physical stores nearbyJuly 26, 2020
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Kroger has reportedly made headway in the distribution center it is building in Frederick, Maryland, for its grocery delivery expansion, a Friday report from WTOP said.
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The center will be 350,000 square feet and powered by Ocado Solutions – a British automated warehouse technology company that specializes in online order fulfillment. This partnership between Kroger and Ocado will provide online grocery delivery services to residents throughout the Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. metro area despite not having any physical Kroger branded stores in the area.
WTOP reported that Kroger has no intentions of opening stores in these locations.
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FOX Business reached out to Kroger for comment on its Frederick-based distribution center plans but did not immediately hear back at the time of publication.
Kroger's distribution center initiative in Maryland is more than six months in the making, according to a January press release.
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"Kroger is incredibly excited to construct one of our industry-leading Customer Fulfillment Centers in Maryland in relationship with Ocado to bring fresh food to our customers faster than ever before," said Kroger's Senior Vice President Of Supply Chain, Manufacturing And Sourcing Robert Clark in a previous statement. "Through our strategic partnership, we are engineering a model for the region, leveraging advanced robotics technology and creative solutions to redefine the customer experience."