American Retailer to Invest Over $500M in Rowan County, Bringing 2,800 New Job Opportunities

April 6, 2022

Well-known American retailer, Macy’s, Inc., will build its first-ever fully automated distribution center in China Grove, located in Rowan County. The company will invest $584.3 million for the project which has a goal of 2,800 new jobs.

“North Carolina’s economic development has been taking off this year, with companies and projects covering a range of industries choosing our state for their business,” said Christopher Chung, CEO of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC). “The addition of Macy’s state-of-the-art distribution center is another reminder that North Carolina is the right environment to grow your business, no matter the industry.”

Macy’s, Inc.’s new facility will be a 1.4 million square foot, fully automated distribution center which will support 30% of the company’s e-commerce fulfillment, continuing the company’s reputation for a smooth retail experience. It is estimated that the annual payroll impact to the area will be over $93 million. Macy’s is one of the largest e-commerce businesses in the retail industry.

EDPNC was the initial contact between the consultant and individual communities, later providing over eight months of constant support as consultants evaluated real estate, labor, and cost of business comparisons across at least three different states. From initial location search to announcement, EDPNC coordinated partner input from the Department of Commerce, the Department of Transportation, local workforce development boards, local economic development partners, and community colleges to navigate project needs.

In addition to the North Carolina Department of Commerce, the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina would like to recognize other key partners in the project, including the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Department of Commerce, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College the North Carolina Community College System, Rowan County, the Town of China Grove, the Rowan Economic Development Council, the Centralina Workforce Development Board, the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance, Salisbury-Rowan Utilities, Duke Energy, and Dominion Energy, among other state and local partners.