Online Pet Retailer to Get Larger Yard in Northeast Pennsylvania



Chewy Signs for 1 Million-Square-Foot Fulfillment Center in Lackawanna County

Chewy opened a nearly 810,000-square-foot fulfillment center in Hanover Township, Pennsylvania, last year. (CoStar)
Chewy opened a nearly 810,000-square-foot fulfillment center in Hanover Township, Pennsylvania, last year. (CoStar)

Online pet supply retailer Chewy is looking to get its products in the hands of its Northeast and Midwest customers even faster with a new 1 million-square-foot fulfillment center the company says will create “at least” 1,000 full-time jobs in northeast Pennsylvania.

The PetSmart subsidiary lined up a site roughly 140 miles north of Philadelphia for its latest hub, a $35 million build-to-suit project to be located near the border of Pennsylvania and New York in Archbald. The development would mark Chewy’s third fulfillment center in the state and its 10th overall.

“Chewy has long displayed a commitment to the commonwealth, employing thousands of Pennsylvanians and serving millions of customers here for more than five years,” Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said in a statement announcing the project this week. The company currently operates facilities in Hanover Township and Wilkes-Barre.

The new center would be developed near Scranton within the Valley View Business Park, a mixed-use campus along the Interstate 81 corridor.

More than 99 million consumers can be reached within a 500-mile drive of the site. That makes it an ideal location for the pet food and products supplier as it looks to expedite shipping times and “extend our delivery network across the Northeast and Midwest,” Pete Krilles, vice president of corporate real estate and facilities at Chewy, said in a statement.

A team that included the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, Lackawanna County and the Governor’s Action Team, an organization that works with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, helped secure the planned PetSmart project for the state. NorthPoint Development and Cushman & Wakefield were also part of the team working to bring a third Chewy facility to Pennsylvania.

As part of the agreement, Chewy received a $582,000 workforce development grant from the state to help the company train its workers. The company committed to retaining 2,401 existing jobs in the state over the next three years as part of the agreement. A construction start date for the new fulfillment center has not yet been disclosed.

Chewy is co-headquartered in Dania Beach, Florida, and Boston and has customer service centers in Dallas and Hollywood, Florida. PetSmart, headquartered in Phoenix, acquired Chewy in May 2017 for a reported $3.35 billion in a move to boost its online presence.

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