Kroger is teaming with a British company to open its first high-tech fulfillment center in Monroe. The automated warehouse with digital and robotic capabilities is expected to generate more than 410 new jobs.
The Cincinnati-based grocery store says the "shed," as it's called, will be a model for other such facilities across the U.S.
"Kroger is joining with the best partners in the world to co-innovate and leverage technology to redefine the customer experience," says Rodney McMullen, Kroger's chairman and CEO. "We are incredibly excited to partner with Ocado [an online grocery store based in the U.K.] to transform the industry and deliver on our 'Restock Kroger' vision to serve America through food inspiration and uplift."
A news release says the customer fulfillment center will be replicated to provide customers with anything, anytime and anywhere. Kroger plans to open 20 such warehouses nationally.
"Kroger is committed to helping position Cincinnati and Ohio as a destination for digital and technology talent," the release states. "We are proud to choose our HQ state of Ohio as the first location for this first-of-its-kind customer fulfillment center in the U.S."
Kroger is investing $55 million to build the first shed, which will measure 335,000 square feet. In an email, Kroger tells WVXU it will announce the specific site soon, and expects to open the facility by 2021.