The headquarters of Lillian Vernon Corp. is on the move. Effective this fall, the gifts and home items cataloger will be located in White Plains, NY—just down the road from its present Rye, NY-based headquarters.
The new location will use 52,652 sq. ft. of space on the ninth and tenth floors. Including its executive offices, the facility will house about 130 employees in marketing, finance, human resources, business-to-business, merchandising, inventory control, quality assurance, online and public relations. According to company spoksperson David Hochberg, the cataloger is moving because its present lease expires next January.
The bad news for workers is that the new facility is smaller by comparison—with a smaller cafeteria and no fitness center. The good news is that the company has an option to lease two more floors if it needs to. “The extra space means we could double our capacity,” Hochberg says.
The cataloger has covered a lot of ground in New York’s Westchester County. Founded in Mount Vernon, NY–the city that inspired that catalog’s name–Lillian Vernon moved to New Rochelle, NY, in 1993, and moved to Rye in 1998. Lillian Vernon was acquired by New York-based media management firm ZelnickMedia Corp. and private equity firm Ripplewood Holdings Corp. in July 2003.