The distribution centre (DC) comprises of 550,000 square feet of warehouse space and will help the retailer’s expansion into US southern states, including Florida, Texas, and a planned Tennessee store.
The retailer also announced four new lease signings with the intent to open stores. The new locations are in Virginia, Maryland, Tennessee and Texas.
The total selling space of the new stores will be more than 128,000 square feet.
The president of Primark US Kevin Tulip said, “We’ve seen growing demand for Primark stores across the US, particularly in our southern locations.”
Tulip continued, “The opening of this distribution centre in Jacksonville comes at the perfect time for the brand and our customers as we set our sights on continued growth across the US, including in Florida, Texas, as well as our first store in Tennessee, which we announced today.
“We’re thrilled to continue to bring ‘Primania’ to new customers with our expansion.”
The opening of the Jacksonville DC means the retailer is primed to expand further in Florida, with plans to open a store in Orlando.
The new DC will have cargo imported through Jacksonville Port Authority. The chief executive of the port authority Eric Green welcomed the news of the new DC.
“As new European ocean carrier services call our port,” Green said, “it further strengthens our connections to businesses throughout Europe, which is a target growth market for us, and supports jobs and economic impact for our city and state.”
Since 2013, Primark has doubled its global warehouse capacity. This is Primark’s second DC in the United States, in addition to one in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Primark currently operates 24 stores in the US across 9 states, and plans to expand to 60 stores by 2026.
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