“Chico’s is expanding its corporate headquarters facility in Fort Myers in order to further support company growth. This expansion could involve an initial investment of $25 million during an 18-month period and an additional investment of between $6 to 10 million during fiscal year ending 2013 and 2014 total,” said Kent Kleeberger, EVP/Chief Operating Officer for Chico’s.
“The expansion allows Chico’s FAS to add 150 new jobs and retain 1,250 existing jobs and remain right here in Fort Myers. In addition, the expansion and creation of new jobs has potential for additional tax revenue to the State of Florida and Lee County, to increase spending in local area retail establishments and restaurants, and to create indirect jobs in the area through the company’s vendors and contractors increased business with Chico’s,” continued Kleeberger.
“Speaking for everyone in Lee County’s Economic Development Office, we celebrate Chico’s expansion. This is a company that started business 28 years ago and has grown to become the nationally known corporation that it is today. All right here in Lee County. Chico’s is an integral part of our business community. It is a pleasure to work with them now, and we look forward to building on our relationship in the years to come,” said Jim Moore, Executive Director of the Fort Myers Regional Partnership.
About Chico’s FAS, Inc.The Company, through its brands – Chico’s, White House | Black Market, Soma Intimates, and Boston Proper, is a women's specialty retailer of private branded, sophisticated, casual-to-dressy clothing, intimates, complementary accessories, and other non-clothing gift items. The Chico's brand offers women a combination of great style, one-of-a-kind details and warm personal service. Chico’s currently operates 604 boutiques and 83 outlets throughout the U.S., publishes a monthly catalog and offers round-the-clock shopping at www.chicos.com. About Fort Myers Regional Partnership The Fort Myers Regional Partnership works to attract new and diversified businesses resulting in high-wage, high-skilled jobs; retains and encourages the expansion of existing businesses and improves the overall business environment. The Partnership promotes and builds the region through ongoing efforts from its proactive team of domestic and international recruiters, research staff and community liaisons, as well as through its partnerships with the Horizon Foundation, Horizon Council and the Lee County Industrial Development Authority. For more information, visit www.FortMyersRegionalPartnership.com. Editor’s Notes: Unique story angles, resources and trend data are available in the online Media Center at www.FortMyersRegionalPartnership.com/AboutUs/MediaCenter. For executive interviews, success stories, and additional media relations services, please contact Jennifer Berg, Fort Myers Regional Partnership, via phone at 239.338.3161 or email at JBerg@leegov.com. For additional information and interviews with Chico’s, contact Lynn Willis at Lynn.Willis@chicos.com or (212) 524-6318. Photos/Multimedia Gallery Available: http://www.businesswire.com/cgi-bin/mmg.cgi?eid=50106921&lang=en
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