Chewy.com expands with new Archbald distribution center, creating 1,000 jobs in Lackawanna County
From a press release:
Today, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced that Chewy, a popular online destination for pet supplies, will expand its operations into Lackawanna County. The company has pledged to invest upwards of $35 million into the expansion and create at least 1,000 new full-time jobs in Archbald and retain 2,401 existing jobs over the next three years.
“Chewy has long displayed a commitment to the commonwealth, employing thousands of Pennsylvanians and serving millions of customers here for more than five years,” Wolf said.
“The Governor’s Action Team is proud to support Chewy’s continued expansion and looks forward to its new chapter in Northeast Pennsylvania.”
With this project, the company is expanding its fulfillment and distribution presence in Pennsylvania through the 10-year lease of a one million-square-foot building in Archbald Borough. The new fulfillment center, which will allow the company to ship to millions of its customers even faster, will be Chewy’s third Pennsylvania location; the other distribution centers are located in Wilkes-Barre and Mechanicsburg. This property will be located in the Valley View Business Park, which was developed by SLIBCO (Scranton Lackawanna Industrial Building Company), the industrial development affiliate of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce.
“We’re thrilled to continue our growth in Pennsylvania with the opening of Chewy’s third fulfillment center in the state and 10th in the country,” said Pete Krilles, vice president of Corporate Real Estate and Facilities for Chewy.
“The launch of this new location will create 1,000 new full-time jobs, deepening our economic investment in the Northeast Pennsylvania region. In addition, it will further extend our delivery network across the Northeast and Midwest, enhancing the customer experience by providing even faster order delivery times. We appreciate the partnership with the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, Lackawanna County, Archbald Borough, Valley View School District, the Governor’s Action Team, and the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development and look forward to joining the Archbald community.”
Chewy received support from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development for this project. The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, with support from the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce.
“We are delighted to welcome a business with the standing and quality reputation of Chewy to the Valley View Business Park. The Chamber team was pleased to work with the Commonwealth, NorthPoint Development, and Cushman & Wakefield in the successful attraction of Chewy to Northeast Pennsylvania, as well as Archbald Borough, Valley View School District, and Lackawanna County in making this major investment a reality,” said Bob Durkin, president of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce.
Chewy will be located in a facility developed by NorthPoint Development of Kansas City, Missouri. The facility is currently under construction in the Valley View Business Park, a mixed-use business park, part of a 1,300-acre development project developed by the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce using several funding sources, including support from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through various loan and grant programs.
Founded in 2011, Chewy’s mission is to be the most trusted and convenient online destination for pet parents everywhere. As the preeminent source for pet products, supplies, and prescriptions, Chewy delivers a broad selection of more than 1,800 of the best and most trusted brands, offered at competitive prices and complemented by high-bar customer experience.
Chewy is co-headquartered in Dania Beach, Florida and Boston, Massachusetts, with customer service centers in Hollywood, Florida and Dallas, Texas; a pharmacy in Louisville, Kentucky; and nine fulfillment centers across the country.
The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit organization that works to improve the area’s economic environment and quality of life by providing programs and services which stimulate economic growth, promote business prosperity, and nurture educational opportunities.