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AutoZone to Invest $185.2 Million in New Kent Warehouse and Distribution Center; 352 new jobs

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – Governor Glenn Youngkin announced that AutoZone, Inc. 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 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.

Founded in 1979 and based in Memphis, Tennessee, AutoZone is the leading retailer and distributor of automotive aftermarket parts and accessories in the Americas, according to a statement from the governor’s office.

“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.