Teen retailer Zumiez Inc. said Monday it will close its distribution center in Everett, Wash., which employs about 170 workers, and move that portion of its operations to a new facility in Corona, Calif. The company’s corporate headquarters and e-commerce business will remain in Everett. Zumiez said it plans to hire 180 to 200 employees for the new center in California. The company gave 60 days’ notice to employees in Everett on Friday and expects its new facility to be running by the end of April, a spokeswoman said. The board sports-focused retailer said the move will cut shipping times and reduce costs as most of its vendors are based in California.
In a Securities and Exchange Commission filing detailing the relocation, the company said it expects an annual reduction of freight and distribution costs of about $1 million. The firm expects to incur between $3 million and $3.2 million in cash expenses related to the move.
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