New $30 million FedEx distribution center to open in Chattanooga

The facility is slated to open in August 2017

The new FedEx Ground distribution center going up at I-75 and Apison Pike is estimated to cost about $30 million.

A new $30 million FedEx Ground distribution center in Chattanooga being built off Interstate 75 near the Volkswagen plant will open in August 2017, officials said Monday.

FedEx Ground, the small package delivery unit of the Memphis-based shipping giant, has entered into a lease agreement for the 235,000-square-foot center at Exit 9 at I-75 and Apison Pike, said company spokeswoman Meredith Heighington Miller.

Dirt work is underway at the site directly across from Enterprise South industrial park. The massive industrial park holds the VW auto assembly plant and Amazon's large distribution center. Apison Pike becomes Volkswagen Drive when it crosses I-75.

Miller said exact staffing needs have yet to be determined for the FedEx facility, but it will employ a mix of full- and part-time employees.

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