Ace will move and expand its Florida DC
Ace Hardware Corporation said it will relocate its Tampa, Fla., distribution center – also called a “Retail Support Center” – to Plant City, Fla., some 30 miles from Tampa.
Relocating the Tampa DC, which Ace has operated since 1977, to Plant City allows Ace to add more than 315,000 sq. ft. to its current capabilities.
Construction for the project is expected to begin in October 2020 with a target completion date in November 2021. According to County Line Farms One LLC, the property developer, the expansion will bring in an estimated 200 construction jobs to the community.
“We are excited to break ground on our new Plant City Retail Support Center, an important piece in our overall supply chain,” said Lori Bossmann, executive VP and chief supply chain officer for Ace Hardware Corporation. “Ace’s continued volume growth has driven our need for a larger facility to accommodate our growing business demands. This relocation will enable faster service for Ace retailers and ultimately our valued customers.”
The Retail Support Center in Tampa is an integral part of Ace’s network of distribution facilities strategically located around the world. It serves more than 200 Ace Hardware retail locations in Florida. Ace will gradually add more than 40 new jobs to meet the business needs of the Retail Support Center.
In 2018, the co-op recognized the Tampa facility as its RSC of the year.