Related Wholesale Grocers, Inc. plans to take a position greater than $300 million to broaden in DeSoto County by establishing a brand new facility in Hernando, Mississippi.
AWG is the nation’s largest cooperative meals wholesaler to independently-owned supermarkets, serving greater than 1,100 member firms and greater than three,000 areas all through 28 states from eight full-line wholesale divisions.
AWG is relocating operations from Southaven and Memphis to Hernando, the place the corporate is establishing a 918,000-square-foot automated distribution facility. The Hernando facility may have a complete of 590 staff. AWG plans to rent 79 associates and start operations in Hernando within the spring of 2023.
“Our trade is ever-changing, and we should proceed to determine alternatives to raised meet our members’ wants. We’re excited to have the ability to streamline our wants, implement know-how to help the place it makes essentially the most sense, take away the necessity for extra touchpoints on items the place sensible and to have our staff give attention to areas the place they’re wanted most,” mentioned AWG CEO David Smith. “This new facility will assist us guarantee we ship an expanded number of groceries and associated merchandise on time, precisely, safely and in good situation whereas creating worth all through the supply chain for AWG and our members.”
“The Mississippi Growth Authority is glad to assist Related Wholesale Grocers as the corporate brings so many new jobs on-line for the residents of DeSoto County, which is a results of the laborious work and efforts of the DeSoto County Financial Growth Council,” mentioned MDA Interim Director John Rounsaville. “AWG’s progress will likely be a boon to the native economic system for years to return, as its new staff will add to the native tax base whereas giving again to Northwest Mississippi’s communities.”
MDA is offering help for web site preparation, development, and public infrastructure wants. AWG additionally qualifies for the Benefit Jobs Rebate Program, which supplies a rebate to eligible companies that create new jobs that exceed the typical annual wage of the state or county by which the corporate locates or expands. DeSoto County and town of Hernando are offering help with public infrastructure wants, a property tax fee-in-lieu, and a Free Port Warehouse exemption. Entergy Mississippi is aiding with the challenge as nicely.
“When Mississippi companies, comparable to Related Wholesale Grocers, develop and supply much more jobs in our communities, it serves as a robust testomony to our state’s expert workforce and powerful, supportive enterprise setting,” mentioned Governor Tate Reeves. “AWG’s growth in DeSoto County and the creation of 79 new jobs come at a time when Mississippians are desperate to return to work and get again on their ft. I do know the corporate’s staff will work laborious to proceed AWG’s legacy of success in Northwest Mississippi.”
“Town seems to be ahead to welcoming this state-of-the-art distribution center and the brand new funding and jobs that will likely be created for our neighborhood, who has lengthy wanted industrial investments,” mentioned Hernando Mayor Tom Ferguson.
“We’re happy with the announcement of not solely the retention of jobs from one among our lengthy standing company companions, however the brand new capital funding and excessive degree of automation that may function a showplace for our county, area and state,” mentioned Lee Caldwell, DeSoto County Board of Supervisors.
“Entergy has been working with MDA, DeSoto County and the J.M. Mullis agency since August of final yr and the ensuing challenge is a testomony to how jobs and financial progress could be created when the private and non-private sectors work collectively,” mentioned Haley Fisackerly, Entergy Mississippi president and CEO. “It’s particularly thrilling to have such constructive financial information throughout these difficult instances. We’re proud to name Related Wholesale Grocers a buyer.”