DOUGLASVILLE, GA. — Home Chef, a subsidiary of The Kroger Co., is opening a new production facility near Atlanta. The meal kit company leased a 181,000-square-foot facility in Douglasville, Ga.

The production center will be Home Chef’s first single-tenant facility. It also will be the company’s first facility to incorporate a full-service kitchen for cooking and batch production of ingredients to be used in its meal solutions. The 6,000-square-foot space will handle the cooking of vegetables, starches and grains as well as in-house sauce production.

The new space will support the company’s e-commerce meal delivery business as well as its retail needs.

“Our Atlanta facility is a foundational part of delivering high-quality meals to our customers in the south and beyond,” said Erik Jensen, chief executive officer of Home Chef. “This brand new center will make our production and distribution even more efficient, so we can continue to bring fans easy, delicious recipes.”

Home Chef offers recipes in a range of formats, including minimal-mess oven-ready dishes, fast and fresh meal kits and a culinary collection for more adventurous home cooks. The company, which wasacquired by Krogerin 2018 for $200 million, has had operations in the south since 2017. The production facility in Douglasville is expected to create nearly 700 new jobs.