Chewy plans to expand and open a new 800,000-square-foot e-commerce fulfillment center in Belton, Mo. The center would create more than 1,200 new jobs, according to company officials.
Chewy operates out of more than 15 locations across the U.S., including 6.1 million square feet of fulfillment. Chewy’s new Kansas City operation at Southview Commerce Center will be one of the largest fulfillment centers in its network by square footage, according to a news release.
"We are thrilled to open our first fulfillment center in Missouri and continue to grow our team. We’re so excited to be a part of this community and look forward to having a presence in the region," said Diane Pelkey, vice president of communications and public relations at Chewy, which is dual-headquartered in Dania Beach, Fla., and Boston.
The state worked with a number of regional partners in attracting Chewy to the Kansas City area, including the Kansas City Area Development Council, Missouri Partnership, City of Belton, Cushman & Wakefield, NorthPoint Development, Evergy, Spire, QPS Employment Services, Aerotek, and KC SmartPort.
"Now more than ever, Missouri’s innovative businesses, logistics infrastructure, and talented workforce are critical to our economy," Missouri Governor Mike Parson said in a statement. "Chewy's decision to expand in Belton and create new jobs for Missouri families is a testament to our ongoing business strengths as we work to recover from COVID-19. We welcome Chewy to Missouri and look forward to working together as the company grows and invests in our state."