May 30, 2013
WinCo Foods, an employee-owned discount grocer, today announced it will open an 800,000-square-foot distribution center in west Phoenix. The new facility, expected to be completed in about a year, will create up to 200 jobs in its first phase.
“We are very excited about the development of our Phoenix Distribution Center,” said Michael Read, WinCo Foods’ Vice President of Public and Legal Affairs. “It will give us a much more economically favorable opportunity to service our stores in the southwest and will allow us to grow our business in the Greater Phoenix market and in other areas within the geographic reach of the facility. It will also give us the opportunity to create good jobs for many individuals as we open and will allow us to grow the employee base as we continue to grow the company”.
“Working with WinCo Foods on this distribution center demonstrates their commitment to grow in the region and the city’s commitment to doing all that we can to assure that Winco's building can be constructed and delivered in a timely manner,” Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said. “Phoenix’s competitive advantage in real estate, low operating costs and talented workforce make our city an attractive location where WinCo is creating jobs with an economic impact that goes beyond our city limits to benefit the whole region.”
The distribution center will service WinCo’s Arizona, Southern California and Southern Nevada supermarkets. Greater Phoenix already has three WinCo Foods retail locations Mesa, Glendale and Phoenix. The new distribution center will help them grow their operations and storefronts in Arizona and throughout the southwest. Currently, they are serviced by a distribution center in Modesto, Calif.
"WinCo Food’s decision to build its newest distribution center in Arizona speaks volumes about our state’s strategic southwest location and advanced transportation infrastructure,” said Sandra Watson, president and CEO, Arizona Commerce Authority. “This project represents a significant investment in our state and demonstrates how collaborative regional partnerships attract quality employers such as WinCo to Arizona.”
“WinCo’s new distribution center is one of the largest build-to-suit projects this region has seen over the past few years – another positive sign that our economy is turning around,” said Barry Broome, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. “WinCo is a great company that we are glad to see build its presence in the Greater Phoenix region. I look forward to celebrating many successes with them.”
WinCo Foods chose its distribution center site in west Phoenix with the help of Kupperman Location Solutions.
About WinCo Foods
WinCo Foods was established in Boise, Idaho, in 1967 and originally called Waremart. The storefront and corporate name changed to WinCo Foods (Winning Company) in 1999. WinCo currently operates nearly 90 retail stores across seven states and has more than 14,000 employees.
About the City of Phoenix
Phoenix is Arizona’s capitol and the sixth largest city in the United States, with more than 1.4 million residents and growing. The city takes up more than 500 square miles. The city’s Community and Economic Development Department works with highly successful businesses of all sizes to locate, expand and become even more successful in Phoenix.
About the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA)
The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) is the state’s leading economic development organization with a streamlined mission to grow and strengthen Arizona’s economy. The ACA uses a three-pronged approach to advance the overall economy: recruit, grow, create – recruit out-of-state companies to expand their operations in Arizona; work with existing companies to grow their business in Arizona and beyond; and partner with entrepreneurs and companies large and small to create new jobs and businesses in targeted industries. Visit AzCommerce.com for more.
About the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC)
A true public/private partnership, GPEC is the regional economic development organization for the Greater Phoenix metro area in Arizona. GPEC also was recently ranked one of the top economic development groups in the country. Working with its 21 member communities, Maricopa County and more than 160 private investors, GPEC attracts quality businesses to its dynamic region. By creating a high-performance economy through capital investments and jobs, Greater Phoenix companies enjoy a business climate where they can compete and thrive in today’s global economy. Since 1989, GPEC has worked to achieve an economically sound and sustainable region. For more information, visit www.gpec.org.
WinCo Foods: Mike Read, (208) 672-2011or firstname.lastname@example.org
City of Phoenix: Sina Mathes, (602) 534-6648 or email@example.com
ACA: Nicole McTheny, (602) 845-1231 or firstname.lastname@example.org
GPEC: Melissa DeLaney, (602) 262-8602 or email@example.com