Grainger (NYSE: GWW), Chicago, Ill., a broad line distributor of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions, announced plans to open a 1.2 million-square-foot distribution center (DC) in Hockley, Texas in 2026.
The new DC will provide additional capacity to continue delivering next-day complete orders to customers. Grainger plans to break ground this spring.
“Our customers want the right product, in the right place, in the right quantity, at the right time,” said Rob Reynolds, Grainger Senior Vice President, Branch and DC Operations. “Greater Houston is an ideal location because it’s geographically close to current and potential customers, and it sits in the second fastest-growing metropolitan area in the U.S.”
Grainger’s Houston Texas Distribution Center is expected to house more than 250,000 industrial supply items, such as hand and power tools, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment, fluid power solutions, lighting, power transmission equipment and motors. The company anticipates the new facility will employ 400 team members within a year of opening in 2026.
The building will be constructed about 37 miles northwest of Houston in Harris County. Upon opening, it will be one of Grainger’s largest U.S. facilities.
This distribution center is just one of the company’s major construction projects currently underway. A 525,000-square-foot bulk warehouse in Pineville, N.C., is scheduled to open later this year and a 535,000-square-foot distribution center in Gresham, Ore., is on track to open next year.
Grainger already operates more than 45 locations in the state of Texas, including six branches within the city of Houston, plus a 374,000-square-foot distribution center and 441,000-square-foot bulk warehouse both outside of Dallas.
Grainger had 2022 sales of $15.2 billion.