RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper on April 17 announced Chewy, Inc., an online pet retailer, has chosen to build its new fulfillment center in Salisbury. The retailer will invest $55 million in the new facility, which will add 1,200 jobs in the area.

“Chewy selected North Carolina because from our infrastructure to our workforce, we have everything businesses need to succeed,” Cooper said. “These new jobs will make a positive impact on Rowan County and the surrounding area.”

One North Carolina Fund will support the creation of 150 of the estimated new jobs through a performance-based grant totaling $166,650. The company will not receive any of the funding until meeting job creation and capital investment targets, according to the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

"We're excited to expand Chewy's fulfillment operations to North Carolina, our first in the state and ninth in the country," said Pete Krilles, VP of corporate real estate and facilities for Chewy. "We greatly appreciate the partnership with the City of Salisbury, Rowan County, the Salisbury-Rowan Economic Development Commission, North Carolina Department of Commerce, and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina. We look forward to making a positive economic contribution to the region with the creation of 1,200 new jobs. In addition to job creation, our new fulfillment center will enhance our delivery network across the southeastern United States, allowing us to better service Chewy customers with even faster delivery times." 

Secretary of Commerce Anthony M. Copeland added, “Companies like Chewy will find success in North Carolina because we have a strong workforce and desirable business climate. Pair that with our location and quality of life and you’ve got a winning formula.”

Chewy is headquartered in two US cities: Dania Beach, Florida and Boston. It operates eight fulfillment centers across the country.

Stay up to date on news about the pet food processing industry on our News page.