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.
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