Chewy.com bringing more than 600 jobs to Hanover Township with assistance from Penn’s Northeast
Hanover Twp., PA - Chewy.com, an online retailer of pet food and other pet-related products, will open a massive fulfillment center in Hanover Township located in Northeastern Pennsylvania and will create more than 600 jobs, with assistance from Penn's Northeast.
Andrea Wolfe, spokeswoman for the company based in Dania Beach, Florida, said the company will occupy a more than 800,000-square-foot warehouse being constructed at 600 New Commerce Blvd.
The business, which offers about 30,000 items for dogs and cats, has another fulfillment center in Mechanicsburg, as well as warehouses in Nevada and Indiana. Its corporate headquarters is in Florida. Chewy.com's primary product is pet food and it offers options ranging from gourmet to discount food. The company also offers other products such as leashes, grooming tools and toys.
Chewy.com expects to launch the new Northeastern Pennsylvania fulfillment center in the second quarter of 2017!
“We chose the area because of the great workforce available and the location/proximity to our customers. We have a growing customer base in the northeast and we want to be closer to them in order to offer faster delivery times.” - Andrea Wolfe, spokeswoman for Chewy.com
Missouri-based NorthPoint Development owns the site where the warehouse is being constructed. NorthPoint Development bought the Hanover Township property earlier this year for $15 million from KTR Capital Partners.
In September, Hanover Area School Board, Hanover Township commissioners and Luzerne County council approved plans from NorthPoint Development to build four warehouse buildings on the vacant land covering about 172 acres. In addition to KOZ, the property also has LERTA status - Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance Act tax abatement that will continue until Dec. 31, 2026.
Brent Miles, vice president for NorthPoint Development, said Thursday that the plan was changed to a total of three warehouse buildings totaling about 2 million square feet.
Two more buildings will be constructed in the spring after Chewy.com’s building is completed, he said.
“I think it’s an awesome site. We think it’s a great area. We love the access. We love the workforce. We feel it’s a solid investment.” - Brent Miles, Vice President, NorthPoint Development
Penn's Northeast worked fist 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.
"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. Penn’s Northeast assisted Chewy.com with numerous HR interviews in partnership with PA CareerLink, OneSource and Manpower. Representatives from UGI and PPL provided utility info, 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.
Allabaugh, Denise "Online retailer bringing more than 600 jobs to Hanover Township", The Citizens Voice, December 23, 2016, http://citizensvoice.com/news/online-retailer-bringing-more-than-600-jobs-to-hanover-township-1.2133552. Web.
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