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AutoZone to Establish East Coast Distribution Center in New Kent County

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AutoZone will invest $185.2 million to establish a new warehouse and distribution center in New Kent County.

The company will build an 800,000 square foot distribution center and direct import facility in downtown New Kent to serve as its east coast distribution operation, creating 352 new jobs.

“AutoZone’s new direct import and distribution facility in New Kent County will be a historic economic boost for the region and demonstrate the benefits of Virginia’s strategic location and world-class infrastructure,” said Governor Glenn Youngkin. “The supply chain sector continues to gain momentum and this major investment is a powerful testament to the strengths and competitiveness of the Commonwealth. We thank AutoZone for creating more than 350 new jobs for hard-working Virginians and look forward to its future success.

“AutoZone’s newest distribution operation in New Kent County will provide the company with easy access to 47% of U.S. consumers within a day’s drive and global markets through the Port of Virginia,” said the Secretary of Commerce and Caren Merrick. “With more than 4,600 supply chain operations located throughout the Commonwealth, Virginia has become a premier logistics destination serving as a single gateway to critical customer markets. We look forward to a continued partnership with AutoZone.

“AutoZone’s decision to establish such a large footprint in the Commonwealth is a testament to the infrastructure assets we have put in place to ensure their products reach more store shelves in a predictable way,” said the Secretary of Business. Transport Shep Miller. “The Youngkin administration will actively seek ways to ensure that the Port of Virginia and the road and rail freight corridors are able to handle increased capacity for years to come.”

“With over 145 stores in the Commonwealth of Virginia and over 735 stores in neighboring states along the East Coast, we are very pleased to be part of the New Kent community and the Greater Richmond area,” said said Bill Rhodes, President and CEO of AutoZone. noted. “During our rigorous and competitive research process to identify our next fulfillment center location, the leaders in Virginia and New Kent County were tremendous and instrumental in our decision to join this wonderful community. Our large-scale investment in New Kent County is an important part of our accelerated growth strategy and represents our commitment to always put customers first.

Founded in 1979 and based in Memphis, AutoZone is the leading retailer and distributor of automotive aftermarket parts and accessories in the Americas. Each AutoZone store carries a wide range of products for cars, SUVs, vans and light trucks, including new and rebuilt auto parts, maintenance items, accessories and non-automotive products.

Many stores have a trade sales program that provides trade credit and prompt delivery of parts and other products to local, regional and national repair garages, dealerships, service stations and public sector accounts. The company also has commercial programs in all stores in Mexico and Brazil. AutoZone sells ALLDATA brand diagnostic and repair software in addition to online sales of automotive parts, maintenance items, accessories and non-automotive products.

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with New Kent County and the Port of Virginia to secure the project for Virginia. Former Governor Ralph Northam approved a $2,512,000 grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund to help New Kent County with the project. The company is eligible to receive benefits from the Port of Virginia Economic and Infrastructure Development Zone Grant Program, and funding and services to support AutoZone employee training activities will be provided through the program. investment firm Virginia Jobs. Dominion Energy Virginia will also participate in the project.

“We are thrilled to welcome AutoZone to our community and look forward to strengthening our business and personal relationships with the company and its employees,” said Thomas Evelyn, chairman of the New Kent County Board of Supervisors. “AutoZone and its representatives have proven to be great business partners for the New Kent County team, and we are especially grateful for the 352 full-time positions that will be created in the county. Adding a Fortune 500 company to our community is a game changer and we look forward to a strong future as New Kent County continues to grow.

“We applaud AutoZone’s decision to build its distribution center on the East Coast in Virginia and capitalize on the access to global markets offered by the Port of Virginia,” said Stephen A. Edwards, CEO and Executive Director of the Port Authority of Virginia. “This company is going to be a significant importer, so consistency in its logistics supply chain is critical to the success of the operation. The investments we are making in our terminals will help ensure that AutoZone can grow volumes without worry. We welcome AutoZone and look forward to a long, collaborative relationship.”

“We are thrilled that AutoZone has chosen New Kent County, Virginia for its next logistics facility,” said Felicia Howard, Vice President of Economic Development Strategy, Dominion Energy Virginia. “Dominion Energy is excited to not only strengthen AutoZone’s ability to distribute in new markets, but also to partner for its long-term success in this region.

“In locating its new distribution center in New Kent, AutoZone made an extremely wise choice,” said State Senator Thomas K. Norment, Jr. “This $185.2 million injection will generate 352 local jobs right in our backyard AutoZone’s commitment to Virginia confirms that the Commonwealth is the best place to locate, build and grow a business.

“Congratulations to New Kent County on Governor Youngkin’s announcement that AutoZone, Inc. will invest $185.2 million to establish a new warehouse and distribution center and create 352 new jobs in New Kent County,” Del said. Scott A. Wyatt. “I am thrilled that AutoZone chose Virginia for its East Coast distribution center, using a $2.5 million grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund to assist New Kent County with the project. This is great news for New Kent County and the Commonwealth. I look forward to seeing continued economic growth and job creation throughout Virginia.

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