Crate & Barrel to bring 200-plus jobs to Romeoville

The furniture and housewares retailer plans to open a massive fulfillment center in the southwest suburb to fill orders for its growing online business.

The rise of e-commerce is bringing more jobs and tax revenue to southwest suburban Romeoville, where Crate & Barrel will open a massive warehouse to fill orders for its growing online business.

Pizzuti, a Columbus, Ohio-based industrial developer, is building the 646,400-square-foot fulfillment center for the furniture and housewares retailer, which expects to employ 175 to 200 people there, according to a statement from the village of Romeoville.

“With nearly 50% of our sales online, our new, state-of-the-art facility and expansion into Romeoville is an exciting build upon Crate & Barrel's fulfillment operations, and showcases our mission to continuously provide great service and quality products for our customers,” Tim Stover, Crate & Barrel’s senior vice president of supply chain, said in the statement.

Though e-commerce has made life difficult for many retail landlords and developers, the trend has fueled an historic boom​ in the industrial market. Developers like Pizzuti are building large warehouses around the county for retailers and logistics companies to accommodate growing online demand.

Pizzuti will develop the Crate & Barrel warehouse in the Pinnacle Business Center, a 900-acre industrial development near Weber Road and Interstate 55. Northbrook-based Crate & Barrel is expected to start using the fulfillment center in March 2021. 

The project will cost $75 million initially, but the building could be expanded in the future to 815,000 square feet, boosting the total investment. The property also could employ as many as 400 people on a seasonal basis, according to the statement.

Crate & Barrel has signed a long-term lease for the Romeoville property.


Source: https://www.chicagobusiness.com/commercial-real-estate/crate-barrel-bring-200-plus-jobs-romeoville

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