Retailer Saks Incorporated (NYSE: SKS) (“Saks or the “Company”) today announced it will expand its distribution and fulfillment capacity, adding a new facility in Tennessee in 2012.
The new distribution and fulfillment center will occupy approximately 564,000 square feet of leased space and will be located in LaVergne, Tennessee, which is in Rutherford County and near the state capital of Nashville. The new center will be state-of-the-art and equipped with a sophisticated mobile-robotic fulfillment system that has been successfully utilized in the Company’s Maryland facility. The Company expects the Tennessee facility to be operational by August 2012 and ultimately to employ over 250 full-time associates at complete capacity.
Steve Sadove, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Saks, noted, “In order to support our omni-channel strategy and our continued sales growth, some time ago we recognized that we would need additional distribution and fulfillment capacity beginning in 2012. 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. We are most appreciative of Governor Haslam and the various state and local leaders that worked together so diligently to make this possible.”
“Saks Incorporated has made a great decision in choosing Tennessee as its newest distribution center location, and I am pleased to welcome this well-respected company to Rutherford County,” Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said. “We’re working to make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs, and by focusing on a business-friendly environment, it encourages businesses to invest, grow and create jobs.”“Tennessee holds a unique competitive advantage in the distribution sector with our state’s central location and outstanding transportation infrastructure that provide easy access to customers around the country,” said Bill Hagerty, commissioner, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. “I am excited that Rutherford County and the area workforce have proven to be the right fit for Saks Incorporated’s distribution center, and I thank the company for its investment in our state.”