Apparel retailer Rue21 has completed an upgrade to its distribution centre and office in Weirton, West Virginia to support its future expansion.

The eight-month upgrade, which doubled the facility's store packing capacity, included the implementation of a new pack-to-light system, and structural, mechanical, and control systems.

The company currently operates 535 stores, but is aiming to expand this to more than 1,300 stores.

Keith McDonough, senior vice president and CFO, said: "Our distribution centre operates continuously as our stores receive new products every day, so the upgrade plan was designed to ensure an uninterrupted operational environment under any circumstance."

"The increased packing capacity, new systems and performance metrics will vastly improve the speed with which we can ship new merchandise."