The Home Depot plans speedier deliveries, thanks to new warehouse in Lowe’s’ backyard

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The Home Depot is planning to build a warehouse to boost its home delivery in Charlotte in rival Lowe’s home turf.

City permits filed Jan. 18 and Oct. 25 by commercial real estate company The Keith Corp. for “Project Skinny” at 13005 Sam Neely Road in Steele Creek describes plans for a 403,000-square-foot rail serve warehouse on nearly 80 acres.

On Thursday, Atlanta-based Home Depot spokeswoman Margaret Smith said “it’s part of our strategic investment and our supply chain network to offer same-day and next-day delivery to 90% of the U.S.”

Home Depot doesn’t have any further details to share now, including a time frame for opening or how many employees will be hired.

“This is part of a large plan we announced a few years back about how we were rethinking our strategy with supply chain,” Smith said. “This supply chain expansion and roll out was in the works before the pandemic, but the pandemic really underscored the need for it.”

The Keith Corp. bought the property for $4.65 million Sept. 16, Mecklenburg County property records show.

The warehouse site is part of The Keith Corp.’s Westinghouse Logistics Park, a planned manufacturing and distribution business park that fronts Westinghouse Boulevard and extends to Sam Neely Road.

Lowe’s has expansion plans too

Lowe’s, based in Mooresville, also is expanding in the Charlotte area. Lowe’s expects to open its tech hub center in South End between May and July. The hub will house the home improvement company’s growing technology workforce.

Other companies also are ramping up distribution in the Charlotte region.

Last August, Walmart said it would open a 1-million-square-foot distribution center in Troutman in Iredell County with more than 500 full-time jobs.

Home Depot has 12 stores in the Charlotte area and a distribution center at 501 Black Satchel Drive. Home Depot has more than 6,800 employees in North Carolina, Smith said.

Charlotte Business Journal first identified the company behind “Project Skinny.”

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