Bon-Ton Supports E-Comm With Ohio Fulfillment Center

The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. has signed a lease with Duke Realty Corp for a 743,000 square-foot highly automated direct-to-consumer fulfillment center in West Jefferson, Ohio, to support its growing ecommerce operations. The company anticipates the facility to be fully operational and ship its first orders in spring of 2015.

The new facility will consolidate the ecommerce fulfillment that is currently being performed at the company's four distribution centers. When fully operational, the fulfillment center will employ approximately 139 net new Ohio associates, with additional seasonal jobs expected to be created during the peak holiday shopping season.

Brendan Hoffman, president and CEO, said, "In response to the rapid growth in our ecommerce business, we are taking this step to ensure extraordinary service to our customers. This new fulfillment center will permit significant expansion of our shipping capacity with improved operational efficiency. We appreciate the partnership with JobsOhio, Columbus 2020 and Madison County Economic Development and believe this is a great location in the heart of the regions in which we operate."

The consolidation will impact associates involved in the direct-to-consumer fulfillment at the company's four distribution centers. Affected associates will be offered the opportunity to interview for available positions at the new West Jefferson facility or receive career transition benefits, including severance, according to established practices and state employment service support. The company does not expect that the combined severance and other expenses associated with the consolidation, which it expects to incur over the next 16 months, will be material.
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