RICHMOND, Va. — A Charlottesville-based online grocer is making a big investment in its Richmond operations.
Relay Foods will spend $710,000 to expand its distribution center in Scott’s Addition and add 75 local jobs. The company announced the expansion on Tuesday with Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones on hand to award the 6-year-old firm $100,000 in grants to help fund the growth.
Relay, which currently employs 30 workers in Richmond, plans to add between 35,000 and 50,000 square feet to the 9,000 square feet it now occupies at 1601 Roseneath Road.
At Tuesday’s press conference at the Roseneath facility, Gov. McAuliffe praised Relay Foods co-founders Arnie Katz and Zach Buckner. The state is giving the company a grant of $50,000 toward its plans, and the city of Richmond will match that amount.
“Agricultural entrepreneurs – That is the future,” McAuliffe said. “Arnie and Zach, you are both out front on that.”
Relay sells groceries online to customers across the Mid-Atlantic from Baltimore to Raleigh, N.C. Customers can have their purchases delivered or pick them up at designated spots around town.