KANSAS CITY, Mo., Dec. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Kansas City Area Development Council announced today that CVS Pharmacy, America's leading retail pharmacy, will build a 762,000-sq.-ft. distribution center at KC's Skyport Industrial Park. The new distribution center is expected to create more than 360 new jobs, as well as up to 100 additional jobs that will be outsourced to local businesses.
CVS Pharmacy expects to break ground on the 71-acre facility, located at 108th Street and North Congress near Kansas City International Airport and Interstate 29, in January 2017 and immediately start construction.
"The key combination of a high-quality workforce and a centralized location will support the growing needs of our customers throughout the Midwest and beyond," said Kevin Hourican, Executive Vice President, Pharmacy Services & Supply Chain, CVS Health. "As a result of our new Midwest distribution center, our delivery drivers will drive hundreds of thousands fewer miles each year to deliver product to our stores, significantly reducing carbon emissions and improving highway safety."
The new distribution center, expected to begin operations in 2018, will support the service and fulfillment needs of more than 370 CVS Pharmacy stores throughout the Midwest.
"Kansas City continues to be recognized as a signature location for regional and national distribution due to our central location and quality workforce," said Kansas City Area Development Council President and CEO Tim Cowden. "We are thrilled that CVS Pharmacy has chosen the KC region for its new Midwest distribution center and look forward to its success."
"Missouri recently reached record employment, with more folks back at work in our state than ever before," Missouri Governor Jay Nixon said. "Today's announcement by CVS Pharmacy to create 360 new jobs in Kansas City will continue this momentum, and is great news for area families. Once again, Missouri has shown the nation that we are open for business with a strong and growing economy."
"CVS Pharmacy's decision to locate this regional distribution center in the Kansas City area affirms the transportation infrastructure advantages of this region and the competitive costs for distributing to the greater Midwest." said KC SmartPort President Chris Gutierrez. "We are proud to welcome this new CVS Pharmacy facility to our KC region."
About CVS Pharmacy
CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), is America's leading retail pharmacy with over 9,600 locations. General information about CVS Pharmacy and CVS Health is available at www.cvshealth.com.
The Kansas City Area Development Council serves the 18-county, two-state Kansas City area by marketing the region's business and lifestyle assets to companies around the world. KCADC's affiliate, KC SmartPort, is the authority on logistics and opportunities in the 18-county, bi-state Kansas City region. www.thinkkc.com
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