O+F Advisor Distribution Center Roundup, July 13, 2015

Warehouse/Distribution Center, ecommerce fulfillment, fulfillment center, Wal-Mart, Subaru, FedEx Ground, WhirlpoolHere is a listing of recently announced expansions, additions and closures in retail distribution and fulfillment centers:

Wal-Mart has opened four new warehouses in Tianjin to expand its distribution in northern China. The four facilities total 860,800 square feet as the company moves ahead with plans to develop it into its largest logistics park in the region.

Wal-Mart is also planning a two-building distribution center in Davenport, FL totaling 1.9 million square feet, at a cost of $200 million. The company is asking local officials for a 10-year tax abatement on the development.

UPS is investing $35.2 million to expand its San Antonio distribution center. The work will begin in September and is expected to take six months to complete.

Subaru of America plans to build a 600,000-square-foot auto parts distribution center in Gresham, OR. The distribution function is relocating from Japan and will serve smaller auto parts distribution centers across the region, including a 414,000-square-foot facility in Portland, OR.

Pet Food Experts has opened a 197,000-square-foot distribution center in East Cocalico Township, PA, replacing a nearby 108,000-square-foot facility.

Hallmark plans to close its Enfield, CT distribution center by June 2016, which has operated there since 1952. The closure will affect 570 employees, who can apply for positions at a Missouri facility.

FedEx Ground has begun construction on a 300,000-square-foot distribution center in Oak Park, MI, outside Detroit. It is expected to employ 245 people when it opens next year. The Federal Aviation Administration has also given final approval for an 800,000-square-foot FedEx Ground hub in Allen Township, PA, which will be built in 2016.

Whirlpool Corp. reportedly plans to lease 75% of a 1 million square-foot distribution center in Joliet, IL, and will move in this summer.

Global engine products and drive systems producer Dayco LLC plans to consolidate its U.S. distribution facilities into one 400,000-square-foot distribution center in Memphis, TN. It will also expand its customer service capabilities and implement new supply chain systems at the site.

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