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Starbucks deepens roots in York County, adding 300 jobsCompany plans to expand distribution center, add jobs over next 3 to 5 years

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Starbucks Corp. has found something of a home in the York area since opening a roasting facility there 21 years ago.

Now, the coffee giant plans to expand its operations in York, saying “there's no better location to continue to grow our business and create jobs and economic development.”

The Seattle-based company, which has nearly 24,000 locations worldwide, has announced it will expand its distribution center in East Manchester Township, York County, and add 300 new full-time jobs over the next three to five years, the company said.

“As we looked at our long-term growth plans for the business, and the current demands for distribution at scale, we needed to invest in additional capacity,” Jim Wells, vice president of distribution and supply chain operations for Starbucks, said in a news release.

The addition of more than 1.2 million square feet of space will make York the largest Starbucks distribution center in the world when it is fully operational in mid-September, the company announcement said.

It also is expected to bring nearly $490 million in economic impact to the York area through additional work with local businesses, suppliers and contractors, Starbucks said.

York County economic leaders are pleased that Starbucks “plans to increase its physical presence in York County and create 300 new jobs,” Loren Kroh, interim president and CEO of the York County Economic Alliance, also said in the release.

The new distribution facility at 1605 Bartlett Drive in East Manchester is next to the company’s York roasting plant, at 3000 Espresso Way, which Starbucks officials said is one of the largest facilities of its kind worldwide.

The facility also is the largest speculative project – one built without a tenant ahead of time – undertaken in the area by project real estate developer Hillwood Investment Properties, according to Gary Frederick, a Harrisburg-based official with the company who was also quoted in a news release.

“Central Pennsylvania’s continued growth creates an ideal area for logistics operators to expand their presence,” said Frederick, senior vice president and market leader for Hillwood’s northeast U.S. industrial business.

Starbucks trades on NASDAQ as SBUX.

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David O'Connor

David O'Connor

Dave O'Connor covers York County, higher education, nonprofits, and workforce development. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at davido@cpbj.com. Follow him on Twitter, @DaveOC_CPBJ.

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