As RealPoints first reported last October, Kohl’s Department Stores is planning to open a huge new e-commerce center in DeSoto. The company confirmed the news in a press release issued this morning. The 951,000-square-foot center will sit at Interstate 35 and Centre Park Boulevard and open in the summer of 2012.
The national retailer says its online sales jumped 50 percent in 2010; it expects e-commerce sales to hit $1 billion this fiscal year. The company plans to employ about 200 people at its DeSoto center, with hiring to begin March 1.
Here are excerpts from Kohl’s press release:
MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis., Jan 24, 2012 — Kohl’s Department Stores has entered into a purchase agreement to build a new e-commerce distribution center located at I-35 and Centre Park Blvd. in DeSoto, Texas. Expected to open in summer 2012, upon completion the approximately 951,000 square-foot building will fulfill Kohls.com purchases. Kohl’s will close on the agreement once the building process is complete. As part of the company’s continued growth, the site was selected for its proximity which will enable the company to better serve Kohls.com’s Central and Midwest customer base.
“We are committed to delivering on our promise to ‘expect great things.’ This new facility will ensure that Kohl’s is able to accommodate the tremendous growth of our Kohls.com business,” said Ken Bonning, Kohl’s executive vice president of store planning and logistics. “We currently operate 84 stores in Texas, and are pleased to expand our presence with this new facility. We anticipate creating approximately 400 jobs for the community in a phased approach over the next 3 years.
The new facility will serve as a fulfillment site for Kohls.com purchases. Kohl’s has experienced more than a 50 percent e-commerce sales increase in 2010, and expects sales on Kohls.com to reach $1 billion this fiscal year. Upon the opening of the new DeSoto, Texas facility, Kohl’s will operate a total of 13 distribution centers across the country. This is the company’s fourth distribution center dedicated to serving Kohls.com customers — other centers are located in San Bernardino, Calif.; Monroe, Ohio and Edgewood, Md.
External hiring will begin March 1, offering hourly and management positions. Kohl’s expects to hire more than 200 full time associates when the facility opens in summer 2012. Once operating at full capacity, Kohl’s expects to employ approximately 400 full and part-time associates at this location. Applicants interested in career opportunities are encouraged to visit Kohlscareers.com for more information and a list of available positions.
About Kohl’s Department Stores
Based in Menomonee Falls, Wis., Kohl’s is a family-focused, value-oriented specialty department store offering moderately priced, exclusive and national brand apparel, shoes, accessories, beauty and home products in an exciting shopping environment. With a commitment to environmental leadership, Kohl’s operates 1,127 stores in 49 states. In support of the communities it serves, Kohl’s has raised more than $180 million for children’s initiatives nationwide through its Kohl’s Cares(R) cause merchandise program, which operates under Kohl’s Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc. For a list of store locations and information, or for the added convenience of shopping online, visit www.Kohls.com.