York, Pa. -- The Bon-Ton Stores Inc. has secured a 743,000-sq.-ft. lease for a direct-to-consumer fulfillment center in West Jefferson, Ohio, with E Smith Realty Partners. The new e-commerce facility is expected to be fully operational and begin shipping orders by spring 2015.
The fulfillment center will create more than 130 jobs for Ohio residents, with additional seasonal positions expected to be created during the holidays. E Smith Realty partnered with Johnson Stephens Consulting and Rubin Advisors to assist Bon-Ton in a multi-state site selection process for its new e-commerce fulfillment center. Selection considered occupancy costs including taxes, incentives, transportation, utilities, labor and real estate.
“The comprehensive approach to site selection from E Smith Realty, Johnson Stephens and Rubin Advisors’ led us to the perfect solution in West Jefferson, Ohio,” said James Rawlins, senior VP of distribution and logistics at The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. “I could not be happier with the process or the results.”