Coca-Cola has agreed to move its regional distribution center to a yet-to-be-built 291,000-square-foot warehouse in Hanover, Anne Arundel County officials said Friday.
The facility will replace Coca-Cola's current 272,000-square-foot warehouse on Candlewood Road, also in Hanover. The center stores Coca-Cola products before delivery to businesses like restaurants and grocery stores across the region.
To be developed by Preston Scheffenacker Properties, the new warehouse will be the first building in the Preston Gateway North development near the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 100.
While only modestly larger, the new facility will be tailored to Coca-Cola's needs, making the operation more efficient, said Curtis L. Etherly Jr., spokesman for Coca-Cola Refreshments USA Inc. It will have 32 loading docks, as well as a larger truck yard and better security than the existing facility, Etherly said.
More than 400 people work at the existing warehouse, a number that should remain the same after the move, Etherly said.
Coca-Cola did not receive any incentives from Anne Arundel to stay in the county, Etherly said.
"We are thrilled that they have chosen to grow their physical footprint and capacity in Anne Arundel County and look forward to supporting their operations for many years to come," County Executive Laura Neuman said in a statement.
Preliminary planning already started for the site and the building is expected to be completed in November, Etherly said.