Rite Aid picks South Carolina for 600-job warehouse

Rite Aid is consolidating three of its distribution centers and opening a new one in South Carolina.

Pharmacy giant Rite Aid Corp. said it will hire up to 600 workers at a $90 million distribution center it plans to building in South Carolina.

The 900,000-square-foot warehouse along the Interstate 85 corridor in Spartanburg County will handle goods for about 1,000 of the chain’s retail stores across the Southeast.

It will be Rite Aid’s first new distribution center in 15 years.

The Camp Hill, Pa.-based company announced in April plans to consolidate three of its existing warehouses — in Alabama ,North Carolina and West Virginia — in one location.

The Upstate site “offers easy access to markets across the Southeast,” according to a statement from Gov. Nikki Haley’s office.

“Spartanburg is an ideal location for our new distribution center,” Rite Aid CEO John Standley said in the statement.

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The retailer employs nearly 1,400 workers and operates 95 stores in South Carolina.

The S.C. Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits related to the project. Additionally, the South Carolina Power Team and Broad River Electric Cooperative are proving a $520,000 grant to pay for infrastructure work.

Contact John McDermott at 937-5572