CVS Health is opening a new retail distribution center in Kansas City, Missouri. When fully operational, the new distribution center will add more than 360 new jobs to the Kansas City area, as well as an additional 70 to 100 jobs through work with local businesses.
The new distribution center is expected to begin shipping orders to Midwest CVS Pharmacy locations on October 1, 2018, and adds to CVS Pharmacy's network of 18 distribution centers nationwide.
CVS Health selected Kansas City for the location of the new distribution center because of Missouri's high-quality workforce and centralized geography. The 762,000 sq. ft. distribution center will support the service and fulfillment needs of more than 500 CVS Pharmacy locations throughout the Midwest by reducing the driving distance for these deliveries and, as a result, will significantly reduce carbon emissions and help improve highway safety.
CVS Health has 19 distribution centers across the country including Hawaii with nearly 8,000 employees supporting over 9,800 retail locations, Target and MinuteClinic sites.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on August 24, 2018, to celebrate the opening and commemorate the collaborative support among state and local agencies throughout the planning and development process for the new facility. Missouri Governor Mike Parson, Kansas City Councilman Dan Fowler and Platte County Presiding Commissioner Rob Schieber were in attendance, as well as Thomas Moriarty, Chief Policy and External Affairs Officer for CVS Health.
"We are proud to create new jobs and contribute to the economic growth and development of the greater Kansas City, Missouri area. We appreciate the leadership of Governor Parson and all of the state and local officials here who worked with us to make this project a success," Moriarty said. "As our business continues to grow, this new facility is a critical part of our infrastructure to ensure we can best serve our customers throughout the Midwest region and beyond."