The number of logistics and distribution centers moving to or expanding in New Jersey is no accident. It’s strategic. Our perfect location in the heart of the U.S. Northeast Corridor gives companies access to one of the most concentrated and affluent consumer markets in the world.
Here are just a few of the logistics companies that recently chose New Jersey for relocation or expansion.
In April 2017, Amazon announced its plans to open 3 additional fulfillment centers in New Jersey – a 900,000-square-foot fulfillment center in Cranbury Township, a 900,000-square-foot center in Logan Township and a 1 million-square-foot center in Edison. The new sites will create more than 2,500 new, full-time jobs. Since Amazon launched operations in New Jersey in 2012, the company has grown its fulfillment workforce in the state to 13,000-plus full-time employees across 7 facilities in Avenel, Carteret, Florence, Logan Township, and Robbinsville.
Ascena Retail Group
Ascena Retail Group and dressbarn invested $53 million to build a new 195,000-square-foot North American headquarters in Mahwah, bringing 575 jobs to New Jersey when it opened in April 2014. The company was approved for a $32.4 million, 10-year subsidy in 2013—making it the first headquarters project in New Jersey to receive incentives under the Economic Development Authority’s Legacy Grow New Jersey Assistance Program.
In February 2017, meal kit delivery company, Blue Apron, announced its plans to expand its operations in the Garden State with the opening of a new 495,000-square-foot fulfillment center in Linden. Blue Apron, which currently operates a fulfillment center in Jersey City, expects to employ more than 2,000 people at the new center in Linden.
Boxed, a mobile service for wholesale goods, is more than tripling the size of its New Jersey warehouse space in a new industrial building in Union. The startup signed a seven-year lease for almost 144,000 square feet of space. Boxed employs approximately 50 employees at its 40,000-square-foot distribution center in Edison. The company projects it will house 100 workers at the new location. Boxed cited the ability to offer a wider selection of products and to install a multimillion-dollar automated system for retrieving and stocking merchandise as rationale for its expansion decision.
Destination Maternity Corporation
Destination Maternity Corporation, the world’s largest designer and retailer of maternity apparel, moved its corporate headquarters from Philadelphia to a renovated 74,000-square-foot Class A office building in Moorestown, New Jersey in 2014. The same year, the company broke ground on a state-of-the-art 400,000-square-foot build-to-suit distribution center in Florence Township. The company was awarded $40 million in Grow NJ incentives for the projects.
Goya Foods, the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the United States, opened new state-of-the-art, sustainable corporate headquarters in Jersey City in April 2015. Goya’s new center totals nearly 900,000 square feet on 58 acres of land and ensures the retention of over 500 existing local jobs and the addition of 100 new positions. A long standing member of New Jersey’s business community, Goya has invested $250 million and additional resources in its facilities in Jersey City, Secaucus and Pedricktown.
Online grocery start-up Jet.com doubled down on its New Jersey investment in 2016. After announcing it would up the size of its Hoboken headquarters two-fold, the company leased an additional 705,000-square-foot distribution facility in South Jersey to accommodate its growth and position itself for overnight deliveries in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern United States. In August 2016, retail giant Walmart announced its plans to acquire Jet.com for more than $3 billion in cash.
Peapod, the online grocery seller, signed a long-term lease for 345,000 square feet of industrial space in Jersey City to service its New York Metropolitan area customers. The company had searched for a similar site in New York since its business required close proximity to Manhattan, but found the Jersey City location to be a viable, more affordable option. Peapod was awarded a $34.6 million Urban Transit Hub incentive to create 380 jobs in the State.
Pinnacle Freight Systems
Pinnacle Freight Systems announced plans this year to move its operations from Raritan Center to a new warehouse and distribution center in Florence, New Jersey. The company sought a new facility to accommodate different temperature ranges and expand its freight volume.
In October 2016, international food distributor, Seafrigo, opened its new warehouse for chilled, ambient and frozen foods, in Elizabeth. The warehouse is located adjacent to Newark Liberty International Airport and container terminals and is 25 minutes from Manhattan. The new facility features 16,000 square feet of 2-story office space, 40-foot clear ceiling height, and temperature controlled rooms ranging from minus 10 degrees Fahrenheit up to 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
Wakefern Food Corporation
Wakefern Food Corporation, the largest retailer-owned cooperative in the United States, recently opened a new $50 million, 524,000 square-foot dry goods warehouse and distribution facility in Elizabeth as a main distribution hub for ShopRite stores in the region. Headquartered in Keasbey, Wakefern operates more than 2.5 million square feet of grocery and non-food warehousing. The company distributes non-perishable food products to ShopRite, PriceRite and The Fresh Grocer stores across nine states.
W.W. Grainger, a leading supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products, announced the purchase of 96 acres of land in Bordentown to build a 1.3 million square-foot distribution center on its property. By 2016, the company expects to employ more than 400 individuals at its new facility, primarily in warehouse operations. Grainger currently operates 11 locations in New Jersey, which includes 10 branches throughout the State and a distribution center in Robbinsville.
UPS broke ground on its new 200,000-square-foot innovation center in Parsippany in April, 2016. The state-of-the-art complex will house approximately 900 developers and IT professionals who are part of a New Jersey IT team of more than 2,000. UPS was awarded a $40 million Grow NJ tax incentive over 10 years for the retention of 700 jobs. The center is scheduled to open in 2017.
In November 2016, Y International, one of the largest importers of U.S. food and household products to the Persian Gulf region, celebrated the opening of its first U.S. warehouse and distribution center in Lyndhurst, New Jersey. Y International USA purchases and exports food that is “Made in the U.S.A.” from its new facility, giving manufacturers the opportunity to expand their reach to emerging markets. The company, which currently has 75 employees at the 75,000-square-foot facility, is expected to employ up to 250 at the site.