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LOCUST GROVE, Ga. -- The Home Depot on Monday opened its new, 1 million-square-foot direct fulfillment center in Locust Grove, Ga., to help it offer same-day shipping and delivery.

It is the first of three new fulfillment centers the Atlanta-based home improvement retailer will open across the United States over the next two years. Future fulfillment centers are scheduled to open in Perris, Calif., and Troy, Ohio.

The Locust Grove facility will initially employ about 125 and will eventually employ 300.

Vinings-based Home Depot is investing $300 million to improve its supply chain, build the new fulfillment centers and upgrade warehouse technology systems as part of a focus on generating higher online sales.

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