Center to bring jobs to Barrow

BRASELTON - A PETCO distribution center will open in Braselton, bringing 277 jobs to Barrow County, Gov. Sonny Perdue announced Monday.

PETCO's new distribution center, which will serve the southeastern United States, will be located in a 506,240-square-foot space at Braselton Business Park in Barrow County.

"Georgia's strength in logistics makes it a top choice for national retailers like PETCO," Perdue said in a press release. "Our robust transportation network and ready work force are a natural fit for distribution centers."

The San Diego-based company began working on the location with the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and other significant economic development partners in 2005. The project is a $33 million investment, the release said.

"We are very pleased to be locating our new facility in Braselton in support of our mission to help pet parents take great care of their pets by providing them with our wide range of products and services," said Jim Myers, PETCO's chief executive officer. "Our new distribution center will serve more than 200 PETCO stores across the southern part of the country and will be a great addition to the 15 existing PETCO stores already located throughout Georgia."