Retail and Ecommerce Distribution Center Roundup, 3/5/18

Here is Multichannel Merchant’s periodic listing of recent distribution center and fulfillment center activity in the domestic market:

A new distribution center project is underway in Pooler, GA, outside Savannah, with two buildings that will total 2.3 million square feet of space for lease. Construction on the first phase, a 537,000-square-foot facility expandable to 1 million square feet, will begin in April.

Major 3PL REIT Prologis is no longer planning to acquire a former FedEx warehouse in Queens, NY, as expected. Crain’s New York Business reports Los Angeles–based investment firm American Realty Advisors is in talks to acquire the 350,000-square-foot building.

Amazon is hiring for a new 1 million-square-foot fulfillment center near Katy, TX, outside Houston. The company has also broken ground on a new 1.2-million-square-foot facility in North Haven, CT, formerly home to Pratt & Whitney aircraft, which will open in June 2019 and eventually employ 3,000.

DSW is closing a 600,000-square-foot distribution center in Nashville, as it sheds its off-price ecommerce subsidiary Ebuys, which it acquired for $62.5 million in 2016.

Gilt plans to close a distribution center in Shepherdsville, KY in late September, idling 250 employees.

JC Penney plans to close a Milwaukee distribution and customer care center this summer, cutting about 670 jobs. “The company’s supply chain network is oversized relative to its national store footprint, and can be optimized by transferring operations to facilities in Lenexa, Kansas, and Columbus, Ohio,” according to a company spokesman.

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