MILWAUKEE – The Bon-Ton Stores
Inc. on Wednesday said it has signed a lease for a new
e-commerce fulfillment center in West Jefferson, Ohio.
The West Jefferson facility will replace Bon-Ton’s plans to open
a location in Obetz, Ohio. Bon-Ton was set to receive a
seven-year, 50 percent tax credit for a 700,000-square-foot
Obetz distribution center from the Ohio Tax Credit Authority.
However, according to a company statement, Bon-Ton chose to open
a larger, 743,000-square-foot facility in West Jefferson, which
the company described as “highly automated.”
"In response to the rapid growth in our e-commerce business, we
are taking this step to ensure extraordinary service to our
customers. This new fulfillment center will permit significant
expansion of our shipping capacity with improved operational
efficiency. We appreciate the partnership with JobsOhio,
Columbus 2020 and Madison County Economic Development, and
believe this is a great location in the heart of the regions in
which we operate." said Brendan Hoffman, Bon-Ton CEO.
According to the company, the center will consolidate e-commerce
functions that are being performed at Bon-Ton’s four
distribution centers. Two of the centers are in Rockford, Ill.;
one is in Fairborn, Ohio; and the other is in Allentown, Pa.
The new e-commerce facility will create 139 net new Ohio jobs,
the statement said. The new facility is expected to open in
Bon-Ton Stores Inc. has corporate headquarters in York, Pa., and