RICHMAND, VA (WRIC) – Gov. Glen Yangkin has announced that AutoZone, Inc. is investing $ 185.2 million to build a new warehouse and distribution center in New Kent County.
The company will build an 800,000-square-foot distribution center and industrial imports in downtown New Kent that will serve as a distribution operation on the East Coast, creating 352 new jobs.
“The new distribution and direct import of AutoZone in New Kent County will be a historic economic stimulus for the region and will demonstrate the benefits of Virginia’s strategic location and world-class infrastructure,” Governor Yangkin said. “The supply chain sector continues to gain momentum, and these major investments are a strong testament to the Commonwealth’s assets and competitiveness. We thank AutoZone for creating more than 350 new jobs for hardworking Virginia residents and look forward to future success. ”
Founded in 1979 and headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, AutoZone is a leading retailer and distributor of automotive spare parts and accessories in America, the governor’s office said.
“AutoZone’s latest distribution operation in New Kent County will allow the company to easily access 47 percent of U.S. consumers in one day and to global markets through the Port of Virginia,” said Commerce Secretary and Karen Merrick. “With more than 4,600 supply chain operations located across the Commonwealth, Virginia has become a leading logistics hub serving as the only gateway to critical customer markets. We look forward to continuing our partnership with AutoZone. ”