Von Maur Department Store has begun construction on an expansion of its E-Commerce Fulfillment Center to support continued growth in its successful web business. Projected for completion in October 2012, the expansion will add an additional 73,000 square feet to the Company's current 46,000-square-foot center and create more than 50 new jobs in Davenport, Iowa over the next three years.
The expansion reflects the Company's successful online business at vonmaur.com, which has seen triple-digit percentage sales increases every year since 2008. Having already outgrown its original 46,000- square-foot facility built in 2010, the new 119,000-square-foot center will further enable Von Maur to serve a nationwide online customer base and grow its presence beyond its established Midwestern roots.
"The rapid expansion of our E-Commerce Center is a reflection of the success of our online business and the continued growth we predict in Web sales in the future," said Jim von Maur, president of Von Maur Department Store. "E-commerce will continue to be a key driver of growth, helping us further extend the one-of-a-kind Von Maur brand and offering to customers across the country."
In addition to growing its online presence, Von Maur is expanding its national footprint with plans to add three new stores to its current 27 stores. A second Atlanta retail location is scheduled to open in Fall 2012, and locations in Alabama and New York are scheduled to open in Fall 2013.
The E-Commerce center's expansion will focus primarily on adding warehouse space - along with expanding its photo studios and office space - to house an increased volume of product offerings from leading brands such as Eileen Fisher, Free People, Coach, Joe's Jeans and Tommy Bahama, among others. Having grown from 20 employees in 2010 to its current staff of 65, the expanded E-Commerce Center will create an additional 50 jobs over the next three years to sustain the growing demand of the Company's online customers.
About Von Maur
Von Maur was founded nearly 140 years ago in downtown Davenport, Iowa. The company currently operates 27 stores in 11 states and runs a successful online business at vonmaur.com. Von Maur is known for its outstanding customer service experience and customer amenities, including an interest-free charge card, liberal return policy and free gift wrapping and shipping services. The Company also offers its associates above-market wages, excellent benefits and a positive, professional work environment. For more information, please visit www.vonmaur.com.
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