MARTINSBURG – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, Macy’s CEO Terry J. Lundgren and other leaders today will officially unveil Macy’s new online fulfillment center here.
The dedication and ribbon-cutting at 333 Caperton Blvd. off Interstate 81’s Exit 16 begins at 10 a.m.
Macy’s officials have said they won’t provide details prior to the event, but when the project was announced in late 2010, it was hailed as an “economic game changer.”
At that time, the Berkeley County Development Authority said the $150 million e-commerce facility would bring to the area more than 1,200 full-time jobs and an annual payroll of more than $30 million.
The reason for the new facility? Online sales are growing fast both at Macy’s and at Bloomingdale’s, the upscale retailer owned by Macy’s.
Lundgreen said then: “[We’re] allowing customers to shop seamlessly in stores, online and via mobile devices in a manner that meets their needs and preferences. The new Martinsburg fulfillment center will represent a significant expansion of our online capacity, and will be used in particular to prepare and ship orders … in Northeast and Middle Atlantic states.”
He added that the center will feature the latest in material handling equipment and warehouse management systems.
Company officials held a groundbreaking ceremony in April of last year and said then it hoped to finish the 1.3-million-square-foot complex on an accelerated timeframe.
Martinsburg beat out more than 150 other sites to win the project.
Other details about the project, according to a news release prepared by Berkeley’s Economic Development Authority:
+ In addition to the 1,200 jobs created initially, another 700 or more seasonal part-time associates will be hired to work from October through December.
+ Annual payroll generated at the facility is expected to exceed $30 million.
+ The facility will take up more than 90 acres in the Cumbo Yard Business and Industrial Park adjacent to W.Va. 9 west in the north end of Martinsburg.