TheFort-Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram said Lubbock, Texas-basedUnited Supermarketspurchased 15 acres in Roanoke, Texas, and plans by next September to build a 200,000-square-foot distribution center to serve stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, as well as Abilene and Wichita Falls, Kan.

"The Dallas-Fort Worth area has been a focal point for growth for several years now," said Eddie Owens, a United Supermarkets spokesman. The company has 50 stores in Texas, primarily in West Texas, operating under the United Supermarkets, Market Street and Amigos United names.

The center will serve 16 stores, including United’s Market Street stores in Colleyville, Coppell, Allen, McKinney, Plano and Frisco. Four of those stores have opened since April.

The center will also serve as a consolidation point for shipments bound for Lubbock, the company said.

Robert Taylor, United’s vice president of logistics, said all of the frozen foods, 90 percent of the produce and 75 percent of dry goods sold in the company’s stores will originate from the new center, giving the company’s 500,000-square-foot distribution center in Lubbock some relief.

Exel, the logistics company that operates the Lubbock center, will also operate the Roanoke center, which initially will employ about 75 workers. Employment at the facility could grow to as many as 120.