15 Apr Nike breaks ground on new Memphis distribution facility
Nike Inc. broke ground Tuesday on the 1.3 million-square-foot expansion of its Memphis Distribution Center.
When the project is finished, it will give the company a total of 2.8 million square feet in Memphis, and allow the company to ship its footwear, apparel and equipment across the U.S.
Hans van Alabeek, Nike’s vice president of global operations and technology, said the new facility, which will cost an estimated $276 million to expand, is the centerpiece of Nike’s distribution machine.
“We have a great brand, great products and great retail partners,” van Alabeek said. “All of that is for nothing if we don’t actually distribute product to the point of sale. That’s what Memphis is all about for Nike.”
The facility, located on New Frayser Boulevard in North Memphis, is expected to add 275 local jobs.