Restarting Development: Rite Aid Distribution Facility
901,350 square feet
In late 2014, JDA was chosen to build Rite Aid’s new Southeast distribution center. Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) had not built a new distribution center in over 16 years prior to the project being approved. After a comprehensive review of its supply chain and logistics network, Rite Aid announced that it would consolidate three of its existing distribution centers, located in Tuscaloosa, AL, Charlotte, NC and Poca, WV, into one new facility along the I-85 corridor in the Carolinas or Georgia as part of its ongoing efforts to improve operating efficiency across the company.
Johnson Development was able to provide Rite Aid with a state of the art building of over 900,000 square feet with excellent access to I-85. The best of class cross dock facility includes 36’ clear height, highly automated material handling equipment, ESFR fire protection, climate control, over 500 trailer parking spaces, a truck maintenance facility, a fully functional kitchen, large break areas, as well as a state of the art onsite fitness and health center. Including machinery and equipment, the project represents an investment of $90 million. The distribution center employs nearly 600 people and supports the inventory and distribution needs of approximately 1,000 Rite Aid stores across the Southeastern United States.
Having a nationally recognized corporation such as Rite Aid select JDA to develop its distribution center speaks to the reputation JDA has created for itself as a leading producer of Class A industrial product, as well as JDA’s ability to deliver a state of the art facility with a client that had not recently gone through the sometimes challenging build-to-suit process. Our unique onsite management approach was especially valued by Rite Aid’s delivery team, which allows us to facilitate better communication and coordination between our client, our client’s vendors, and the general contractor and subcontractors.