Distribution centers, like this Home Depot facility in Locust Grove, are a hot growth sector in metro Atlanta. WILLETT PHOTOGRAPHY

Retail chains plan Coweta distribution center

The parent company of the Roses and Maxway retail chains plans a new distribution center in Coweta County that will create 320 jobs.

Variety Wholesalers, of Henderson, N.C., plans the new center along Herring Road near Newnan, according to a news release from Gov. Nathan Deal’s office. The facility will serve stores in the company’s growing footprint, including the Southeast and Midwest.

The company has 360 stores in 16 states under the Roses, Roses Express, Maxway, Super 10, Bargain Town, Bill’s Dollar Store and Super Dollar brands. The company said 48 stores are in Georgia.

Georgia’s central location in the Southeast, its ports system, rail network and interstate highways have made it a logistics hub for retailers and manufacturers. Last year, retailers, consumer goods companies and other industrial tenants filled 17.5 million square feet of industrial space in the metro area, the most since the late 1990s.

“Georgia’s business climate and transportation infrastructure continue to attract major businesses such as Variety Wholesalers to the state,” Deal said in the release. “Variety Wholesalers’ decision to expand to Coweta County speaks to Georgia’s growing commercial infrastructure, demonstrates the significant investment opportunities offered by our ports and will further establish our state as an industrial magnet.”

A spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Economic Development said the company is eligible for jobs tax credits, certain sales and use tax exemptions, port tax credits and worker training under the state’s Quick Start program. The jobs tax credits alone could be worth about $2 million over five years for 320 newly created positions.

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