UTAH GETS BEAUTY-FULL
Sephora to Open New Distribution Center in 2008
New York, NY - Western beauty seekers will have reason to celebrate this year. Sephora,
the beauty authority, is opening a new distribution center in Salt Lake City, Utah
Developed to better accommodate consumer demand, enhance customer service and meet logistical needs, the newest distribution center will help ensure that Sephora’s retail
stores and e-commerce clients continue to experience the excellent service to which
they have become accustomed.
"As the beauty authority, our clients turn to Sephora for our vast product assortment, and
for our outstanding service," says Martin Flaherty, Vice President, Sephora Logistics. "As our business continues to grow, our logistics’ infrastructure and supply chain capacities
are expanding to guarantee our retail stores and e-commerce clients continue to enjoy top-not service and, state-of-the-art efficiency. I also want to express my appreciation and gratitude to the many people in Salt Lake City, especially the EDCUtah organization, for helping facilitate our move to Utah. Sephora explored fourteen other geographical locations before deciding to locate in Utah and, we are quite please at being part of this vibrant and wonderful city”.
Previously served through the Maryland distribution center, clients west of the Mississippi will now experience more rapid service, as well as more efficient and cost-effective
transportation thanks to the new 320,000 square foot warehouse in Salt Lake City, Utah.
As well, Sephora's new facility will provide a disaster recovery option to ensure that
supply is seamless during critical times.
Sephora clients are not the only ones to benefit from the new distribution center. The facility will also provide job opportunities for more than 500 associates at full capacity,
almost all of which will be from the surrounding local communities.
“In looking at North American expansion, Sephora executives could have chosen to locate this facility anywhere in the Western United States, but chose to make this significant investment in Utah,” said Jeff Edwards, president and CEO of EDCUtah. “This is a great win for our state and is further proof of Utah’s growing reputation as a great place to do business.”
This project was initiated with EDCUtah in January 2008. EDCUtah, led by Samantha Julian, participated in the site selection process and served as a liaison with appropriate leadership in the public and private sectors. William Frain, SIOR with The Staubach Company and Ed Johnson CCIM SIOR from NAI Utah Commercial Real Estate, Inc. assisted Sephora USA, LLC in leasing their new Western Distribution Center from Buzz Oates Companies, Inc., represented by Steve Condie CCIM SIOR and Mike Falk CCIM SIOR with NAI Utah Commercial Real Estate, Inc. The design of the distribution center will be handled by St. Onge Company, an independent consulting engineering company with more than 25 years experience in warehouse design and logistics.
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Sephora, the beauty authority, revolutionized the global beauty industry with its unique retail concept rooted in a powerful combination of unparalleled brand and product assortment, distinctive store design and the beauty expertise of its sales consultants. Sephora offers clients a choice of more than 200 classic and emerging beauty brands across a broad range of product categories including skincare, makeup, fragrance, bath & body, hair care, smile care and tools, as well as the company’s own private label. Sephora was founded in France
in 1969 and acquired by Paris-based LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the world's leading luxury products thgroup, in 1997. Now, celebrating their 10 Anniversary in 2008, Sephora America operates more than 180
stores in the United States and Canada, and the world’s top beauty website, Sephora.com. Sephora Europe has more than 480 stores within 11 countries and has established ten locations in China. Thanks to Sephora’s recent partnerships with HSN, a global multi-channel retailing giant, and JCPenney, one of America’s largest
department stores, the beauty authority is now accessible to more clients than ever before.
About Buzz Oates Companies
Buzz Oates Companies is a privately held commercial real estate investment company based in Sacramento, California. The company, which has been in business for over 50 years, currently manages a portfolio of 20 million SF with an asset value of $ 1.5 Billion. Buzz Oates companies has developed approximately 1.0 million square feet of distribution warehouse facilities in the Salt Lake City area during the last 10 years. Additional information is available at www.buzzoates.com
About St. Onge Company
The St. Onge Company was founded in 1983 as an independent consulting engineering company. Over the past 25 years, we have grown into a global company with over 75 consultants, engineers and project managers. Our core disciplines include supply chain network and inventory strategy and optimization, world
class distribution center design, lean six sigma manufacturing facility design, supply chain execution
systems consulting, 3PL strategy development and provider selection, and a range of other operational support services including simulation and workforce training. We place great emphasis on maintaining our
independence and adhere to high standards of quality and integrity. People are the key to a successful consulting practice, and we believe we have the most talented staff in the industry. Due to their efforts and the trust of our clients, we have executed over 3,000 projects for a prestigious list of more than 500 corporations. Our work spans six continents and we have committed ourselves to the domestic and international market. EDCUtah (Economic Development Council)
The Economic Development Corporation of Utah (EDCUTAH) is an investor-based public/private partnership working with government and private industry to promote the state of Utah. EDCUTAH specializes in being a comprehensive source of critical economic data and key public/private contacts in order to facilitate the recruitment of out-of-state companies and spur the development and expansion of local businesses. Sephora wishes to acknowledge the special effort of Samantha Julian of the EDCUtah in assisting Sephora’s efforts in moving to Utah