MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (WCIV) -- AGRO Merchant Group announced Friday morning it was expanding into Berkeley County with an $8 million investment at the former Piggly Wiggly distribution center.
The move is expected to create 63 new jobs and put some former Piggly Wiggly employees back to work.
"The unfortunate closure of the Piggly Wiggly distribution center left many of the company's employees searching for jobs," said Berkeley County Supervisor Dan Davis. "We are thrilled AGRO Merchant Group has not only chosen to expand its operations into Berkeley County, but is willing to provide some of these hard working individuals with gainful employment. As County Supervisor, I am looking forward to working with ARGO and am prepared to offer support and resources to help them put people to work."
The money will be used to upgrade the existing warehouse, allowing for an on-site flash freeze center and 14,000 frozen pallet positions.
"We are extremely excited to offer a new, state-of-the-art solution for our customers that will provide them excellent access to the Port of Charleston, and a cost-effective alternative to move product into and through the Southeastern U.S. We have an excellent relationship with the Port of Charleston and look forward to working together to optimize our customer's import and export supply chain options in the market," said Chris Hughes, Partner and President of Agro Merchants U.S.
"We will be connecting AGRO with readySC for job training services," said Davis. "In all, AGRO qualifies for about $1 million in state and local incentives, includes training and tax credits."
The company operates nearly two million square feet of temperature-controlled warehouse and distribution space in the United States, Austria, Ireland, Spain, and the Netherlands.