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Chewy.com Now Open for Business in Northeastern PA

07.12.2017

Hanover Twp., PA - One of the nation's fastest growing e-commerce companies Chewy.com, is now open for business in the Hanover Industrial Park located in Hanover Township, Luzerne County. Chewy.com is an online company that sells products for dogs, cats, small pets, reptiles, and even horses.

 

Chewy opened its doors to the 808,000 square-foot building in early June 2017. The building located near Wilkes-Barre is the company’s largest fulfillment center in the country and will serve the Northeast US. The enormous building - for perspective - can fit 16 football fields inside.


Chewy.com’s Northeastern Pennsylvania location

was selected for multiple reasons.

 

  1. Close Proximity to the Northeast U.S. and New York City
  2. The Phenomenal Labor Market
  3. Available Real Estate
  4. Pennsylvania's Tax Exemption Program

350 people have been hired so far, and that number will grow to at least 700 over the next several weeks – up about 100 positions from the original estimate last winter.

 

"We're really excited because Wilkes-Barre offers

a great labor market and It's a great proximity to the northeast,

specifically New York City." - Gregg Walsh, Vice President of Human Resources Operations, Chewy.com


“The labor market here is phenomenal. We’ve been really happy with the market here. That’s how we figure out where we are going to put a building,” he said. “There is great labor here and there was the real estate to do it and that’s how we ended up here.”

 

Many types of jobs need to be filled, including fulfillment specialists, and positions in human resources, information technology and management.

 

“There has been so much opportunity for folks to grow with Chewy” said Walsh. “In each of our facilities, there have been so many stories of folks who came on as fulfillment specialists and were promoted to coordinators, leads or supervisors, or moved into human resources or IT,” he said. “There has been so much opportunity for folks to grow with Chewy.”

People can apply for jobs online at Chewy.com/jobs and hiring events are being held at the facility.


Chewy is the first building, at 600 New Commerce Boulevard.

Missouri-based NorthPoint Development owns the Hanover Twp. site and construction also continues there for two other buildings. One building is 840,000 square feet and the other is 365,000 square feet. There are no tenants yet, said Brent Miles, vice president for NorthPoint. Construction should be completed in the fourth quarter of this year, he said. NorthPoint bought the 172 acres last year for $15 million from KTR Capital Partners and construction of the three buildings will total more than 2 million square feet. The goal is to create about 2,000 jobs on the site, he said.


Chewy officials say a state-wide tax exemption program also drew them to Luzerne County. 

Luzerne County Council, Hanover Twp. Commissioners and the Hanover Area School Board approved a Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance Act tax abatement for the property that will continue until Dec. 31, 2026. For the first eight years, 100 percent of applicable property taxes are exempt. In the ninth year, 90 percent of those taxes are exempt, and in the 10th year of the agreement, 80 percent of the taxes are exempt. The LERTA approval came after a prior owner had secured a Keystone Opportunity Zone extension, forgiving real estate taxes and most state taxes on tenants through 2024.

The Earth Conservancy formerly owned the site that once was mine-scarred land. Major reclamation work was done, said Mike Dziak, president and CEO of the Earth Conservancy. Dziak said the Earth Conservancy’s goal was to bring economic development to the mine-scarred site. While it took more than a decade, he said he is happy the goal was achieved.

 

Chewy.com is a “welcome addition to the community,” Dziak said. “You have to have a lot of patience to accomplish something like this and we’re very proud of it,” Dziak said. “I think it’s remarkable.”

In addition to its Hanover Twp. facility, its other largest fulfillment centers are located in Mechanicsburg, Texas, Nevada and Indiana. Another one will be launched in Florida later this year, Walsh said.


Chewy.com also focuses on its primary customers - pets.

 

Whenever Chewy.com arrives in a new community, they like to be able to partner with the organizations that are doing great things to support pets and animals.

 

They are working very closely with the SPCA of Luzerne County. They work with them so we can provide them with donations, and every time they have an event, they are able to partner with them to help the animals.


Penn's Northeast worked first hand with representatives from Chewy.com to showcase the availability of a strong local workforce.  

 

"We are glad that they have chosen Northeastern PA for their expansion,” said John L. Augustine III, President/CEO of Penn's Northeast. "In addition, we are pleased to welcome NorthPoint Development, owners and developers of the property, to our region and are looking forward to working with them on future job creation announcements."

 

Dan Walsh from Cushman and Wakefield led the transaction and introduced Penn’s Northeast to representatives from NorthPoint Development - owners of the property, formerly owned by The Earth Conservancy which was once mine-scarred land. Penn’s Northeast assisted Chewy.com with numerous HR interviews in partnership with PA CareerLinkOneSource and Manpower. Representatives from UGI and PPL provided utility information. Robert Watts from the Governor’s Action Team and Joe Boylan from the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber offered additional assistance. Local officials granted the company LERTA status. 

 

Read more about Chewy.com from Penn's Northeast: 

Chewy.com bringing more than 600 jobs to Hanover Township with assistance from Penn’s Northeast

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References:

https://timesleader.com/news/667216/growing-pet-supply-firm-still-has-jobs-open-in-hanover-twp

http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/business/chewy-com-opens-site-in-luzerne-county-1.2217838

http://www.pahomepage.com/news/hundreds-of-jobs-coming-to-luzerne-county-after-company-opens/763061881

 



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