- Associated Press - Monday, June 1, 2015

CINCINNATI (AP) - Kroger Co. will bring some 650 jobs to new centers in a Cincinnati suburb, officials said Monday.

Cincinnati-based Kroger and Ohio officials announced the grocery giant’s $46 million investment in buildings and renovations for a distribution center and a business administration center for customer service, human resources and digital innovation in Blue Ash, just north of Cincinnati.

Kroger spokesman Keith Dailey said the new jobs represent a cross-section of positions including recruiters, people involved in mobile shopping technology and call-center employees for Kroger pharmacy customer service. He said the business administration center will be running soon, while construction plans are being worked out for the distribution center.

The Ohio Tax Credit Authority approved a 10-year tax credit for the project. JobsOhio, the state’s private economic development agency, says it will also provide assistance.

Dailey said several locations, some in other states, had been under consideration.

“Kroger continues to innovate and invest to grow our business, and we are pleased to be able to do both in Ohio,” said Mike Schlotman, chief financial officer. He said the company added 600 jobs last year in the Cincinnati area and 25,000 new jobs overall.

Kroger, the nation’s largest traditional grocery store chain, has nearly 400,000 employees nationally across operations that generated $108.5 billion in sales last year. It employs more than 18,000 people in the Cincinnati area.

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