C&S Wholesale Grocers will invest at least $15 million to expand its distribution facilities in Bethlehem, Pa., state authorities said Tuesday.
The expansion will create 500 full-time jobs, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said in a statement. C&S will expand East Coast operations and lease an existing facility several miles away from its current operation in Northampton County.
“The reuse of this shuttered facility is a huge win for the commonwealth and the Lehigh Valley region, and serves as a prime example of the importance of remaining engaged in securing new employers and opportunities to yield positive economic impacts for Pennsylvania,” Wolf said.
Earlier this year, Keene, N.H.-based C&S said it would close facilities distributing goods to Safeway stores located in Upper Marlboro, Md. Those closures were scheduled for later this week. Sources said the distributor would consolidate the distribution among existing C&S facilities elsewhere, including moving general merchandise to Bethlehem.
C&S received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development including $1.29 million in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs.
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