Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. continues to step on the gas.
In addition to aggressive store expansion, the sporting goods retailer has unveiled its plans to open its fifth national distribution center, scheduled for completion in early 2018.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced at a press conference on Tuesday that the firm will return to its Binghamton roots — where it was founded seven decades ago — investing $100 million to build a regional distribution facility at the Broome County Corporate Park in the upstate New York town of Conklin.
“We are extremely pleased to announce our plan to build and operate a distribution center in Greater Binghamton, further strengthening our deep roots in this community,” Dick’s chairman and CEO Edward Stack said in a statement. “We started the company here and ultimately chose Conklin for the business-friendly environment, the quality and reliability of the workforce and the opportunity to bring jobs to our hometown.”
Dick’s investment will create 466 full-time jobs over the next five years in the Southern Tier, according to Gov. Cuomo. Construction on the 650,000-square-foot facility will begin next month and is scheduled for completion in early 2018.
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The center will be on an approximately 123-acre site and will service more than 200 retail locations throughout the Northeast.