Posted February 12, 2024

Grainger to open new distribution center near Houston

1.2 million-square-foot DC is set to open in 2026.

Grainger announced plans to open a 1.2 million-square-foot distribution center (DC) in Hockley, Texas in 2026.

The new "Houston Texas Distribution Center" will provide additional capacity for the company to continue delivering best-in-class, 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, 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 United States."

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 approximately 400 team members within a year of opening in 2026.

The building will be constructed on a vacant 108-acre parcel of land in Hockley, 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, Oregon, is on track to open next year. This expansion will enhance network operations, accommodate a growing product offer and allow Grainger to expand its next-day delivery offer.

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.

The property will be developed by Hines, a global real estate investment, development and property manager.