Kroger announced this week that it is spending $17 million on its distribution center in Florence, Kentucky, a move the company says will ramp up production and create 250 jobs.

The project is supported by a Kentucky Business Investment incentive of up to $1 million over 10 years. The 647,000-square-foot facility — which opened in October of 2017 — currently employs 80 people.

"This significant investment in the distribution facility and our associates will allow us to more efficiently reach our customers and help to deliver on new ways to shop with Kroger, as we redefine the grocery customer experience through Restock Kroger," says Frank Bruni, Kroger's vice president of supply chain and logistics.