Zumiez will relocate its ecommerce operations center from its headquarters in Everett, Wash., to Kansas City, Kansas, this May.
Zumiez, a retailer of action sports items, will lease 153,000 square feet of space 15 miles west of downtown Kansas City, creating 100 new jobs.
A company spokesman said the firm's growing online business and the importance of increasing speed of product deliveries to online customers is the reason it is moving to Kansas City. Zumiez assessed multiple cities across the U.S. before selecting the Kansas City area, including; Chicago, Illinois; Corona, California; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Louisville, Kentucky.
"As a company, we continually evaluate opportunities to increase the speed of delivering products to our customers while also improving our costs. The move to Kansas means that, across the continental U.S., our customers should receive their Zumiez order in three days or less," said Marc Stolzman, Zumiez Chief Financial Officer.
"We have seen a strong trend of these types of facilities locating in the Kansas City region, which is ideal for ecommerce distribution due to our central location and low transportation costs," said Bob Marcusse, president of the Kansas City Area Development Council.