The department store operator said that the facility will fulfill online orders. It expects to hire more than 200 full- and part-time employees when the center opens in July. Once the facility is operating at full capacity, Kohl’s said, it expects to employ approximately 1,200.
Kohl’s reports that its online revenue climbed more than 50 percent last year. The Menomonee Falls, Wis., company anticipates $1 billion in online sales in 2011.
Kohl’s will have 12 distribution centers across the U.S. with the addition of the Maryland facility. This will be its third distribution center focused on serving online customers, with others in San Bernardino, Calif., and Monroe, Ohio.
While Kohl’s will initially occupy 602,000 square feet at the Edgewood location, it plans to expand the facility to 1 million square feet by 2012.
“This new facility will ensure that Kohl’s is able to accommodate the tremendous growth of our Kohls.com business,” Ken Bonning, executive vice president of store planning and logistics, said in a statement.
“We are very happy to welcome Kohl’s and its new distribution center to our area,” Harford County Executive David Craig said in the statement. “Harford County is working diligently to bring more quality jobs to the area and we know that Kohl’s will benefit from the talented workforce in our community.”
This month, Kohl’s said it would open nine stores in seven states, a move it said would create more than 1,200 jobs. The company also said it planned to open about 30 more stores this year.
Kohl’s has 1,097 stores in 49 states.