OLATHE, KAN. — Chick-fil-A is investing $31 million in a distribution center in Olathe, Kan., announced the Kansas City Area Development Council (KCADC) on March 14.
The new center, stretching nearly 148,000 square feet, will create over 60 jobs in the area. It will be located at Lone Elm Commerce Center in Olathe, developed by Frontier Real Estate Investment.
“The Kansas City area is a prime location to invest in our business, create jobs, and grow our supply chain operation,” said Josh Grote, executive director of Chick-fil-A Supply, a subsidiary of Chick-fil-A Inc. “The region has a deep pool of skilled talent that we know will excel in serving the franchise operators, licensees and team members delivering an authentic Chick-fil-A experience at each of our locations.”
The Olathe location would be Chick-fil-A’s fifth in the United States. Through Kansas City’s infrastructure and transportation network, 85% of the US population can be reached from the Olathe location in two days or less, according to KCADC’s announcement.
Chick-fil-A anticipates the distribution center will become fully operational early 2024.
Olathe has also seen interest from a retailer looking to build a beef plant in the city. The unnamed company’s subsidiary 1918 LLC looks to build the 320,000-square-foot facility near the corner of 167th Street and 169 Highway, creating nearly 700 jobs for the area.