Cheney Brothers establishing operations in Florence County

February 23, 2022

$66 million investment to create 280 new jobs


COLUMBIA, S.C. Cheney Brothers, a leading broadline food distributor, today announced plans to construct a new distribution center in Florence County. The company’s $66 million investment will create 280 new jobs. 

Family-owned and -operated since 1925, Cheney Brothers offers more than 16,000 different products including food, paper and chemicals.

With locations in Florida, Georgia and North Carolina, Cheney Brothers is locating its newest facility at Pee Dee Commerce City East Industrial Park in Florence to meet the growing demand of the region. The project will consist of a modern 400,000-square-foot refrigerator/freezer distribution facility, over 45 loading docks, a Cheney Express and exquisite culinary kitchen.

Individuals interested in joining the Cheney Brothers team should visit the company’s website

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project. 



Cheney Brothers’ market share continues to grow across the Southeast, and it was important to us to meet our customer demands in South Carolina. Florence was the logical choice to locate the new facility, considering the great access and the superior interstate system of transportation. The city, county and state have been very supportive and easy to work with throughout the process.” -Cheney Brothers CEO and Chairman of the Board Byron Russell

“South Carolina has a rich culinary heritage and our thriving food distribution industry helps ensure our tradition continues to grow. We welcome Cheney Brothers to Florence County, and we look forward to a successful partnership.”-Gov. Henry McMaster

“South Carolina has continued to show that it is the right place for companies to do business, especially for companies looking to move products efficiently to customers. Our state continues to see its distribution and logistics sector grow, and today’s announcement by Cheney Brothers is another indication of that success.” -Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III

“We are excited to welcome Cheney Brothers to Florence County. Distribution companies continue to recognize the strong logistical and supply chain advantages to locating in Florence County, namely Florence County’s location at the intersection of I-95 and I-20. The creation of 280 new jobs by Cheney Brothers will yield a positive impact in our community.” -Florence County Council Chairman Willard Dorriety Jr.

"Florence County has proven its dedication to grow and prosper economically and this announcement marks an important milestone in the history of Florence. We are extremely excited to be selected as the location for Cheney Brothers’ new facility. We have no doubt that this premier organization will see success in Florence and continue their rapid growth history." – Florence County Economic Development Partnership Chairman, Joe W. “Rocky” Pearce



  • Cheney Brothers is establishing operations in Florence County. 
  • $66 million investment to create a minimum 280 new jobs. 
  • Cheney Brothers is a leading foodservice distributor.
  • Locating at Pee Dee Commerce City East Industrial Park in Florence, S.C. 
  • Individuals interested in joining the Cheney Brothers team should visit the company’s website.


About S.C. Department of Commerce

As South Carolina's leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing businesses grow. S.C. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as BMW, Boeing, Continental, Giti Tire, LPL Financial Holdings, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Samsung, Toray and Volvo Cars and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. S.C. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. With a strong international footprint, the Palmetto State has consistently been among the top in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign direct investment on a per capita basis – recognized by multiple economic development publications for its pro-business climate. For more information, visit

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