BETHEL TWP., Pa. -

A new PetSmart distribution center in Berks County will soon be open for business.

The company announced plans Wednesday for a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting at the center, which is located off Interstate 78 in Bethel Township.

PetSmart's CEO, David Lenhardt, is set to be joined by Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley and U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent for the festivities, starting at 10 a.m. Friday.

Ground was broken for construction of the $50 million, 870,000-square-foot facility in the Berks Park 78 industrial park in October 2012.

Employing an estimated 500 people, the distribution center will serve 25 percent of PetSmart's stores in 11 states and eastern Canada by handling and delivering consumable goods, hard goods and fish.

The company, founded in 1987 and headquartered in Phoenix, has stores Muhlenberg Township, Wyomissing and Pottstown.

The industrial park is also home to a $100 million distribution center built by Dollar General.