Chick-fil-A Supply, a wholly owned subsidiary of Chick-fil-A, Inc., and distribution service provider of the popular chain’s restaurants, has announced its plans to open a new distribution center in Kannapolis, N.C. The center will be located in Lakeshore Corporate Park in the Rowan County portion of Kannapolis. This $58.3 million initiative is set to generate 112 new jobs over the next five years with 85 of those jobs materializing in the first two years.
Lakeshore Corporate Park, developed by Fortius Capital Partners, stands on the property that was once the home to the former Kannapolis Intimidators baseball team. The new Chick-fil-A Supply distribution center will occupy a 126,000-square-foot building, one of three speculative buildings that Fortius has built on the site.
“The City of Kannapolis is excited to welcome Chick-fil-A Supply and their staff. With over 100 jobs, salaries above the county average and their substantial investment the company will be a significant employer in our City and Rowan County. They have selected a beautiful premier location, overlooking I-85 and Lake Fisher. It reflects the strong corporate presence for which they are known and is expected to make an immediate positive impact in our City,” said Kannapolis Mayor Darrell Hinnant. “We are very pleased that they have selected Kannapolis as their new distribution center locale and thus are helping us continue the revitalization momentum and healthy economic job growth we are experiencing.”
Rowan EDC President Rod Crider remarked, “The transformation of the Intimidators baseball field into a hub of economic vitality demonstrates Rowan County’s growth and adaptability. We commend Fortius Capital Partners for their visionary investment in the community, with the three spec buildings poised to spur significant economic activity. Known as Project Swarm, with this project we’re not only capitalizing on the strategic advantage Interstate 85 offers for distribution and logistics but companies also breathing new life into a location rich in local history.”
“We appreciate the partnership with the City of Kannapolis, Rowan County, and the state who have worked together with us to transform this property into a Class A corporate park. This park is designed to attract great companies, like Chick-fil-a Supply. We are so pleased Chick-fil-a Supply selected Lakeshore as their preferred base to support their expanding operations in this region,” commented Dave Davis with Fortius Capital Partners.
Rowan County Commission Chairman Greg Edds expressed his enthusiasm about the substantial economic benefits of Chick-fil-A Supply’s new center. “Chick-fil-A, a beloved American company and a name that resonates with so many, choosing to establish their distribution center here is a testament to Rowan County’s growing appeal to major employers. The introduction of 112 jobs not only signifies robust economic growth but also promises stability and progress for our residents. It’s an honor and a thrill to welcome such a significant investment from a brand everyone knows and loves to our county.”
The company is set to launch the new facility in the third quarter of 2024. This facility will handle key operations, from warehousing critical restaurant supplies to ensuring timely deliveries and providing operational support, encompassing customer service to administrative tasks. Those keen on joining Chick-fil-A Supply’s team can explore opportunities at www.cfa-supply.com.
This announcement showcases Kannapolis’ and Rowan County’s rise as a prime destination for business and economic development. Projects of this scale become feasible due to the proactive and significant investments by developers like Fortius Capital Partners in establishing speculative buildings. Their foresight and dedication set the stage for attracting impactful ventures and job opportunities to our region.