Kohl’s buys massive Plainfield warehouse, plans 900 jobs

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Kohl’s Corp. on Wednesday announced that it has acquired a massive distribution center in Plainfield where it hopes to hire 900 employees by early 2020.

The retailer said it plans to open an e-commerce fulfillment center in the 937,000-square-foot building at 9998 All Points Parkway next summer.

Terms of the acquisition weren’t disclosed.

The facility was developed by Indianapolis-based co-partners Browning Investments and Duke Realty Corp. on a speculative basis and completed last year.

The warehouse, known as Building 6 at All Points Midwest Industrial Park, is larger than 16 football fields, has 36-foot-high ceilings and is located on 63 acres of land.

Kohl’s said it will begin hiring about 300 full-time and 600 part-time workers over a three-year period beginning in spring 2017.

The facility will be the 14th distribution facility for Kohl's nationwide and the fifth dedicated strictly to serving Kohls.com customers.

In addition to increasing delivery times, the new center will fit in with the retailer’s ongoing strategy to continue boosting online sales to balance decreasing in-store sales.

The retailer’s online sales grew about 15 percent in the second quarter, but overall sales fell 2.1 percent, to $4.18 billion.

Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin-based Kohl’s operates more than 1,100 stores in 49 states.

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