WinCo Foods, Boise, Idaho, said Friday it plans to begin shipping product from its new Phoenix distribution center on May 14.


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The 963,500-square-foot facility will initially ship approximately 500,000 cases per week to serve 19 WinCo stores in Arizona, Southern Nevada and Southern California, whose volume represents slightly more than half its capacity, the company said.

The facility, which has already begun receiving inventory, will be able to hold about 75,000 pallets, or approximately 3,000 full truckloads of goods, the company noted.

It includes approximately 500,000 square feet of dry grocery space; more than 360,000 square feet of perishables space, including six banana ripening rooms; plus offices and outbuildings. WinCo said there is sufficient space to expand the site by up to 50% in the future.

The distribution center will open with approximately 185 employees, though once it is operating at capacity it is expected to employ 320 people, the company said.

WinCo said the distribution center will be managed by Don Kellogg, who has managed the company’s Boise distribution center for the last few years.

WinCo operates 94 stores in Washington, Idaho, Nevada, California, Oregon, Arizona and Texas, plus four other distribution centers, in addition to Phoenix, in Boise; Woodburn and Myrtle Creek, Ore.; and Modesto, Calif.

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