US department store retailer The Bon-Ton Stores plans to open a new e-commerce fulfilment centre in Ohio to support its growing multi-channel operations.

The 743,000 sq ft facility in West Jefferson, Columbus will consolidate the e-commerce fulfilment currently being performed at the company's four distribution centres. 

It is expected to be fully operational in spring 2015 and will employ around 139 new staff, with additional seasonal jobs during the peak holiday shopping season.

"This new fulfilment centre will permit significant expansion of our shipping capacity with improved operational efficiency," said CEO and president Brendan Hoffman.

Bon-Ton said workers involved in the direct-to-consumer fulfilment at its four distribution centres will be impacted by the move, although some may be offered jobs at the new facility.

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The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. Announces New Ecommerce Fulfillment Center in the Columbus, Ohio Region

 

March 05, 2014 05:45 PM Eastern Standard Time

YORK, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:BONT) today announced it has signed a lease with Duke Realty Corp (NYSE: DRE) for a 743,000 square-foot highly automated direct-to-consumer fulfillment center in West Jefferson, Ohio to support its growing ecommerce operations. The Company anticipates the facility to be fully operational and ship its first orders in spring of 2015.

“Bon-Ton is making a significant investment in West Jefferson and the Columbus Region with this dedicated fulfillment center”

The new facility will consolidate the ecommerce fulfillment that is currently being performed at the Company’s four distribution centers. When fully operational, the fulfillment center will employ approximately 139 net new Ohio associates, with additional seasonal jobs expected to be created during the peak holiday shopping season.

Brendan Hoffman, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “In response to the rapid growth in our ecommerce business, we are taking this step to ensure extraordinary service to our customers. This new fulfillment center will permit significant expansion of our shipping capacity with improved operational efficiency. We appreciate the partnership with JobsOhio, Columbus 2020 and Madison County Economic Development and believe this is a great location in the heart of the regions in which we operate.”

“Bon-Ton is making a significant investment in West Jefferson and the Columbus Region with this dedicated fulfillment center,” said David Kell, Director, Madison County Economic Development. “The company’s decision to put down roots in Central Ohio is a testament to the region’s distribution strength and strategic location for shipping goods to key customer areas and further enhances the Columbus region’s strong stable of ecommerce operations.”

The consolidation will impact associates involved in the direct-to-consumer fulfillment at the Company’s four distribution centers. Affected associates will be offered the opportunity to interview for available positions at the new West Jefferson facility or receive career transition benefits, including severance, according to established practices and state employment service support. The Company does not expect that the combined severance and other expenses associated with the consolidation, which it expects to incur over the next 16 months, will be material.

The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., with corporate headquarters in York, Pennsylvania and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, operates 270 department stores, which includes 10 furniture galleries, in 25 states in the Northeast, Midwest and upper Great Plains under the Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers nameplates. The stores offer a broad assortment of national and private brand fashion apparel and accessories for women, men and children, as well as cosmetics and home furnishings. For further information, please visit the investor relations section of the Company’s website athttp://investors.bonton.com.

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