CHARLOTTE – Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A will invest $58 million in a new distribution center in Kannapolis that will employ 85 workers, state officials said Tuesday.

The 120,000-square-foot distribution center will serve about 100 restaurants in the Charlotte region and will open in the third quarter next year. Chick-fil-A Supply currently operates four distribution centers, including a 180,000-square-foot distribution center in Mebane. Kannapolis is split between Cabarrus and Rowan counties.

“Chick-fil-A Supply is committed to investing in local communities like Kannapolis to create jobs and grow our supply chain operation,”Josh Grote, executive director of the privately held company, said in a press release.

New positions include drivers, managers, office staff, and warehouse personnel. Wages will vary by position, with an average annual wage of $58,574, which exceeds the Rowan County average of $50,138.

A performance-based grant of $200,000 from the One North Carolina Fund will help with Chick-fil-A Supply’s expansion. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance to local governments to help attract economic investment and create jobs.

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