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Nordstrom plans Elizabethtown, Pa., fulfillment center

BY Michael Fickes

Seattle — Nordstrom has broken ground on a fulfillment center at Conewago Industrial Park in Elizabethtown, Pa. It will be the company’s third fulfillment center. The 672,000-sq.-ft. building, with a 470,000-sq.-ft. mezzanine, is scheduled to open in summer 2015.

In its first three years, the new center will create nearly 400 full-time positions and additional opportunities for part-time and seasonal jobs. Looking ahead, Nordstrom expects to increase staffing to 700 full-time positions or more.

The new facility will join existing Nordstrom fulfillment centers in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and San Bernardino, Calif.

Nordstrom.com currently serves customers in 98 countries and offers everyday free shipping and free returns within the United State. Nordstrom operates with an integrated inventory platform between its stores and online and can fulfill online orders from any of its 117 full-line stores across the country.

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New Dickey’s Barbecue Pits in Texas and W. Virginia

BY Michael Fickes

Dallas — Two new Dickey’s Barbecue Pits will open on January 23, one in Lumberton, Texas, and another in Fairmont, W. Va. Both will offer the first 50 customers gift cards for up to $50.

The Lumberton location will be franchise owner Andy Maredia’s second Dickey’s franchise in the area. He plans to open more locations in the future.

The Fairmont franchisees Joe and Bonnita Pena plan to open five additional locations.

Dickey’s, a fast-casual barbecue concept, has expanded to over 370 locations in 43 states. This year, Technomic named Dickey’s “Fastest-growing restaurant in the country.” QSR Magazine has named Dickey’s the “Best Franchise Deal.”

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Walgreens re-opens NYC flagship in Union Square

BY Michael Fickes

New York — Walgreens will host a grand re-opening of its 24/7 flagship store in Union Square, Manhattan, on Jan. 23. The store opened originally in 2001.

Walgreens is the nation’s largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2013 sales of $72 billion. The company operates 8,200 drug stores in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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