Retail group Saks is to build a new distribution hub in Tennessee this year, adding to its existing centres in Maryland and California.

The new 564,000sq ft facility at LaVergne, near Nashville, will be equipped with the mobile-robotic fulfilment system already used in the company’s Maryland hub.

The centre is due to be operational by August 2012 and, ultimately, will employ more than 250 full-time staff.

“In order to support our omni-channel strategy and our continued sales growth, some time ago we recognised that we would need additional distribution and fulfilment capacity, beginning in 2012,” said Stephen Sadove, Saks chairman and CEO.

“Middle Tennessee is a great fit for our new facility and was selected for its central location, attractive real estate and operating costs, and very capable workforce.”