Casey’s General Store announced Tuesday that it plans to break ground on a new $30 million distribution center in Terra Haute, Ind.

“We believe Terra Haute is the most strategic location that will enable us to expand our territory further south and east, while at the same time providing a more efficient distribution systems to our existing stores,” said Robert Myers, president and CEO for the Ankeny, Iowa-based retailer in a press release.


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Construction for the distribution center, which will be at least 250,000 square feet, will begin in November, with completion expected in 12 to 18 months. Reports estimate that approximately 150 people will be employed at the center when it opens.

In a published interview, Brian Johnson, Casey’s VP of finance, said the Indiana distribution center will move work out of the Ankeny distribution center, allowing it to take on added stores as the company grows north and west into Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. Adding a second DC will also bring more efficiency to company deliveries, he said.

On Monday, the retailer also started construction on a 38,000-square-foot extension to the corporate campus in Ankeny.

It’s reported that for the new distribution center, Casey’s will receive up to $1.4 million in tax credits, which can be claimed when Indiana residents are hired, and up to $100,000 in training grants based on the number of jobs created. The state of Indiana will also provide Vigo County, where Terra Haute is located, $200,000 to build infrastructure.

Casey’s operates 1,783 convenience stores in 14 states, extending as far south as Kentucky and Tennessee.

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