COLUMBIA, SC. — Pet retail franchise Pet Supplies Plus announced a $53 million investment to develop a new distribution center in Orangeburg County. According to Governor of South Carolina Henry McMaster, the facility will create 275 new jobs.
“With its strategic location, Orangeburg County is brimming with potential, and this major $53 million investment is proof of that,” McMaster said. “We thank Pet Supplies Plus for its commitment to our state and people.”
The new state-of-the-art distribution center will be located in the Shamrock Commerce Center, at the intersection of US 301 highway and Interstate 26. The facility will allow Pet Supplies Plus to increase its distribution capabilities in the Southeast.
“The new distribution center is a win-win for the Orangeburg community, Pet Supplies Plus and pet parents across the United States,” said Chris Rowland, chief executive officer of Pet Supplies Plus. “The distribution center will create highly desirable logistics jobs, as well as allow for efficient distribution of a wide assortment of pet products to Pet Supplies Plus stores in the region.”
The facility will be the company’s fourth distribution center in the United States, supporting its retail locations. Currently, Pet Supplies Plus operates more than 630 retail stores throughout 40 states, offering natural pet food products and other pet supplies.
“We appreciate the company’s commitment to South Carolina and look forward to the transformative impact of these job opportunities in Orangeburg County,” said Harry M. Lightsey III, secretary of commerce of South Carolina.
The distribution center is expected to begin operations in early 2023 with employment aid from readySC, a workforce training program.
“Orangeburg County welcomes Pet Supplies Plus to our community,” said Johnnie Wright Sr., council chairman for Orangeburg County. “Pet Supplies Plus’ decision to locate in Orangeburg County is a testament to our quality workforce, unique location and pro-business environment. We are truly grateful for their investment in our county and our citizens.”
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