Kroger to open facility in Kenosha County and plans to hire more than 700 people

PLEASANT PRAIRIE, Wis. (CBS 58) --- Kroger Fulfillment Network facility is scheduled to open in 2022 in the Village of Pleasant Prairie, which will employ more than 700 people.

The announcement was made Monday, Dec. 7.

The 350,000-square foot, $112 million facility will open after a .8-mile section of Kenosha County H is reconstructed. 

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) said the new grocery distribution center will be supported by a $951,315 WisDOT Economic Assistance (TEA) grant. The grant was awarded to Kenosha County to make needed roadway improvements.

"This project is a great example of how good infrastructure can support business growth, create new job opportunities, and help connect the dots to build a Wisconsin that works for everyone," said Gov. Evers. "I am pleased this grant contributes to Kroger's plan to create hundreds of new jobs in Kenosha County and help strengthen the economy of our state."

According to a news release, the $1.9 million road improvement project rebuilds Kenosha County H from 93rd Place to Brain Station Road and makes critical improvements to support the project. 

Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser said the reconstruction is necessary due to increased truck and employee traffic that will come when the facility opens.

"We appreciate the assistance from WisDOT and the TEA program to help make this transportation improvement and economic development project a reality."

Village of Pleasant Prairie Administrator Nathan Thiel said the village is pleased to be a part of the improvement project.

"The road enhancements will ensure traffic surrounding the new Kroger facility continues to flow smoothly," Thiel said. 

The Kroger development will facilitate home grocery delivery in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana. It is expected to be completed and open for business in early 2022. 

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