One of the country's leading retail pharmacies will build a new 762,000-square-foot distribution center in Kansas City.
CVS Pharmacy's new distribution center will create more than 360 new jobs, on top of 100 additional jobs that will be outsourced to local businesses. In January 2017, the company plans to break ground on the 71-acre facility, located within Skyport Industrial Park at 108th Street and North Congress near Kansas City International Airport and Interstate 29.
"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 of pharmacy services and supply chain at 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 center will support the service and fulfillment needs of more than 370 CVS Pharmacy stores throughout the Midwest. It's expected to become operational in 2018.
"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," KC SmartPort President Chris Gutierrez said.
The new distribution center is a result of a collaborative effort between local partners including KCADC, the State of Missouri, The Missouri Partnership, the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, Platte County Economic Development Council, KCP&L, Cushman & Wakefield, NorthPoint Development, Metropolitan Community College, Focus Workforces, IMKO Workforce Solutions, QPS Employment Group, Full Employment Council, Missouri Division of Workforce Development, UPS, Scarbrough International Ltd., Port KC and KC SmartPort.