Urban Outfitters, Inc. has selected the Kansas City region for its new 880,000-square-foot omni-channel distribution center, the Kansas City Area Development Council and its partners announced.
The facility will be located on ancillary land at the Kansas Speedway in Wyandotte County, Kansas. The Philadelphia-based Urban Outfitters will create up to 2,000 new jobs and about $350 million in capital investment in Kansas City, Kansas, during the next several years.
The retail leader, founded in 1970, plans to begin construction on the facility this fall, and expects to be operational in early 2022. Urban Outfitters selects the locations of its distribution centers based on a combination of factors that include location, available workforce and transportation infrastructure. The company cited Kansas City’s central location as critical to its distribution network.
In the past three years, KC SmartPort has helped locate supply chain-related deals surpassing $1.1 billion in capital investment, 4,343 jobs, $174 million in payroll and more than 8.8 million square feet of industrial space.
Since the outbreak of the virus, several prominent employers have chosen Kansas City for their next facility, including Dot’s Pretzels, Tuthill Corporation and Chewy, Inc., among others.