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.”
La Vergne Mayor Senna Mosley commented, “As the gateway to Rutherford County, La Vergne is a great destination for companies and retail businesses. We are ecstatic that Saks Fifth Avenue chose our town as their new place to call home. The jobs they are providing will hugely benefit La Vergne and its residents. We look forward to a long, successful relationship with this good corporate citizen and warmly welcome them home.”Rutherford County Mayor Ernest Burgess stated, “Saks Fifth Avenue is a welcome addition to our well-established family of top companies. We are thrilled the company has chosen our community to do business and provide jobs.” Saks currently operates a leased distribution center in Aberdeen, Maryland, totaling approximately 471,000 square feet, and a leased distribution center in Ontario, California, totaling approximately 120,000 square feet. The Company will continue to operate those two facilities. The Tennessee distribution center is owned in a joint venture managed by DCT Industrial Trust (NYSE: DCT), a leading real estate company. Saks Incorporated operates 46 Saks Fifth Avenue stores, 60 Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH stores, and saks.com. Forward-looking Information The information contained in this press release that addresses future results or expectations is considered “forward-looking” information within the definition of the Federal securities laws. Forward-looking information in this document can be identified through the use of words such as “may,” “will,” “intend,” “plan,” “project,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “should,” “would,” “believe,” “estimate,” “contemplate,” “possible,” and “point.” The forward-looking information is premised on many factors, some of which are outlined below. Actual consolidated results might differ materially from projected forward-looking information. The forward-looking information and statements are or may be based on a series of projections and estimates and involve risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include such factors as: the level of consumer spending for luxury apparel and other merchandise carried by the Company and its ability to respond quickly to consumer trends; macroeconomic conditions and their effect on consumer spending; the Company’s ability to secure adequate financing; adequate and stable sources of merchandise; the competitive pricing environment within the retail sector; the effectiveness of planned advertising, marketing, and promotional campaigns; favorable customer response to relationship marketing efforts of proprietary credit card loyalty programs; appropriate inventory management; effective expense control; successful operation of the Company’s proprietary credit card strategic alliance with HSBC Bank Nevada, N.A.; geo-political risks; the performance of the financial markets; changes in interest rates; and fluctuations in foreign currency and exchange rates. For additional information regarding these and other risk factors, please refer to the Company’s filings with the SEC, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 29, 2011, its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and its Current Reports on Form 8-K, which may be accessed via the Internet at www.sec.gov . The Company undertakes no obligation to correct or update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.