RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Auto parts retailer and distributor AutoZone will establish a new distribution and import facility in Virginia, creating over 350 new jobs, Gov. Glenn Youngkin said Friday.
The company will invest $185.2 million to establish the 800,000-square-foot facility east of Richmond in New Kent County that will serve as AutoZone’s East Coast distribution hub, Youngkin’s office said in a news release.
“AutoZone’s new distribution and direct import facility in New Kent County will be a historic economic boost for the region and demonstrates the advantages of Virginia’s strategic location and world-class infrastructure,” Youngkin said in a statement. “The supply chain sector continues to gain momentum and this major investment is a powerful testament to the Commonwealth’s assets and competitiveness.”
Former Gov. Ralph Northam approved a $2.5 million grant to assist New Kent County with the project, according to the news release. The company is also eligible to receive benefits from a Port of Virginia grant program, as well as funding and services to support AutoZone’s employee training activities.
The Memphis, Tennessee-headquartered company’s project is expected to create 352 full-time jobs, at an unspecified pay rate.