Boise, Idaho - WinCo Foods LLC will begin shipping from its newest distribution center in Phoenix, on May 14. The center, which includes more than 900,000 sq. ft. of warehouse space, will initially service 19 WinCo Foods stores located in Arizona, Southern Nevada and Southern California.
The facility will open with approximately 185 employees, most of whom have been hired from the greater Phoenix market. The 19 stores represent a little more than half of the facility's capacity. When fully operational and at capacity the center should employ approximately 320 employees.
The center has approximately 500,000 sq. ft. of dry grocery space and more than 360,000 sq. ft. of perishable space, which is divided into several modules maintained at appropriate temperatures and humidity levels for frozen items, fresh produce, meat and dairy products. It also includes six large pressurized banana ripening rooms. The remainder of the center is comprised of offices and outbuildings. There is preplanned space at the site to expand by up to 50% in the future.