Distribution Center to enhance supply chain, and serve as a hub for technology developments.
goPuff, a digital convenience retailer, is building a new technology and distribution center in Gloucester County, N.J.
The 299,750-square-foot facility located on the Glassboro/Harrison border is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2019. The center will support the company’s continued growth and expansion and create more than 600 new jobs over the next three years.
“As we continue to fuel the expansion of our brand, the addition of our new distribution center is important to our continued growth and success,” said Rafael Ilishayev, goPuff co-founder. “My co-founder Yakir Gola and I both grew up in New Jersey and are excited that there is such a substantial growth opportunity for goPuff in the state. This new distribution center will not only enhance our supply chain, but will also serve as a hub for technology developments for our business as we continue to innovate.”
goPuff is a digital convenience retailer operating in over 50 U.S. markets and delivering thousands of products – ranging from snacks, drinks, ice cream, beverages, groceries, household goods and more – directly to customers from centrally located warehouses for a flat $1.95 delivery fee. All orders are accessible through the goPuff mobile app (iOS and Android) or goPuff.com.
“Providing meaningful growth opportunities to businesses with new ideas is a principal component of my Economic Plan and rebuilding the innovation economy in New Jersey,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “I am confident that goPuff will benefit from New Jersey’s world-class location and workforce, and I congratulate them on their expansion here.”
The Gloucester County distribution center will join two goPuff facilities in New Brunswick and Cherry Hill, N.J. goPuff recently celebrated its 5th anniversary with the entrance into its 50th market, and operates in cities such as Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh and Seattle. With more than 500 employees, the company has also announced a $4 million multi-stage expansion plan centered on the construction of a new headquarters in Philadelphia along with 10 warehouses across Pennsylvania; creating over 500 new jobs over the next three years.
“We are proud that goPuff has chosen Gloucester County for the location of its new distribution center,” said Heather Simmons, Liaison to Economic Development. “Gloucester County is the fastest growing county in the third largest metropolitan region in the Northeast and we look forward to we look forward to a long, successful partnership working together with goPuff to create additional jobs in our area.”
goPuff was approved in November by the Board of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) for Grow New Jersey (Grow NJ) tax credits of up to $39.1 million over ten years to encourage the company’s expansion in Glassboro and Harrison.
As a performance-based program, no benefit will be received by goPuff until it certifies it has met the commitments upon which its Grow NJ approval was based, including job creation and capital investment. The project was coordinated by an experienced group of economic development professionals who work with businesses that are considering expanding in New Jersey.
“We are delighted that goPuff recognizes the advantages of locating in southern New Jersey, including its vast talent pool and access to transportation infrastructure,” said NJEDA CEO Tim Sullivan. “The NJEDA is committed attracting and retaining cutting-edge companies like goPuff that contribute to the Governor’s vision for making New Jersey the State of Innovation.”