O+F Advisor Distribution and Fulfillment Center Roundup, April 27, 2015

Operations and Fulfillment, shipping and delivery, distribution center, warehouse/distribution center, fulfillment center, retail, ecommerce, Cascade Designs, Tempur Sealy, HomeGoods, American Eagle Outfitters, FedEx, FedEx Ground, Amazon, Fulfillment By Amazon, FBA, Tuesday Morning, IKEA, Delia'sHere is a listing of some recently announced expansions, additions and closures in distribution and fulfillment centers:

Outdoor adventure gear maker Cascade Designs is opening a new manufacturing and distribution facility in Reno, NV. The company plans to create up to 100 jobs and expects to commence phased-in operations this August.

Bedding provider Tempur Sealy International will expand its manufacturing and distribution operations by leasing a newly-constructed 615,000 square-foot facility in Hagerstown, MD. The company will retain its current 112 employees and create 120 new jobs.

HomeGoods Inc. is planning to build an 800,000 square-foot distribution center in Tuscon, on land it purchased April 21. The company will hire 410 employees in its first year of operation.

Amazon is planning to build an 820,000-square-foot center and warehouse distribution center in the Twin Cities area that could eventually employ 1,000 people. The company is asking the city of Shakopee, MN for about $5 million in tax breaks for the facility, which would open in early 2017 on a 63-acre industrial park.

American Eagle Outfitters says it will close a Pittsburgh distribution center at the end of July. The 500,000-square-foot facility opened in 2007, but the company says it couldn’t be changed enough to meet rising ecommerce demand.

Chicago developer Ridge Property has purchased a 46.5-acre site in Lakeland, FL where it plans to begin construction on a speculative 245,000-square-foot warehouse within the next month, targeting large distributors and e-commerce operations. The purchase price was $2.67 million.

Amazon is asking for $17 million in tax abatements on equipment and inventory as part of its bid to open a distribution center in Dallas which would employ 500 to 900 people. Pending the abatement decision by the city, Amazon is considering a 500,000-square-foot facility which is being built on spec by Trammel Crow and could open in late 2015 or early 2016.

Construction has wrapped up on an 181,000-square-foot FedEx Ground distribution center in Sauget, IL near St. Louis. The center has 175 employees and can process 10,000 packages an hour. The company also plans to open a new 300,000 square feet DC in Louisville by May 2016, and will break ground in May on a 316,000-square-foot DC in Upper Merion, PA, which will employ about 200.

Upscale discount retail shop Tuesday Morning is opening a distribution center in Phoenix that is expected to create more than 300 jobs. The leased facility is 593,600 square feet. Tuesday Morning has 10 stores in Arizona and 800+ nationally.

Depending on whom you believe, IKEA or a mayor in a hotly contested re-election bid, the Swedish home furnishings giant may or may not be building a second distribution center in Joliet, IL, on 72 acres in an industrial park it purchased in 2007. The Joliet City Council approved the retailer’s updated plans in February, and IKEA is applying for building permits. Stay tuned.

Delia’s Inc. received court approval to sell its Hanover, PA distribution center for $4 million to Hanover Real Estate Partners LP, as part of its Chapter 11 liquidation.

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