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Lowe’s on target to open Direct Fulfillment Center in 2018

A year after breaking ground on a 110-acre tract of land in Coopertown, Tenn, Lowe’s newest facility is taking shape and it’s big.

Lowe’s Direct Fulfillment Center covers approximately 1.1 million square feet – the equivalent of 22 football fields under one roof. When it opens next year, the center will ship parcel packages directly to Lowe’s customers and stores nationwide and will be one of the most technologically driven and sophisticated operations the company has built.

Construction of a facility this size doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a process that exceeds 18 months from start to the first parcel shipped and represents an investment of approximately $112 million. Take a look at the progress we’ve made so far.

In addition to the investment, jobs are coming to Coopertown. Open positions will be posted on Lowe’s Careers website. Hiring for leadership positions is occurring throughout the remainder of 2017.  “At first, we plan to hire 400 people, then grow to 600 employees by 2022,” said Renee Heltsley, human resources manager. “We expect to start accepting applications for hourly positions in Spring 2018 and will post open jobs online.”

Currently, Lowe’s operates 60 stores, a regional store operations office and three distribution facilities employing more than 9,000 people in the state of Tennessee. The company has contributed more than $2.9 million to schools and community organizations throughout the state.