Wayfair plans to open a new 1.2 million square-foot distribution center at Eastgate Logistics Park in Aberdeen Maryland. The company expects to add more than 250 new full time jobs over the next six years.
The Perryman area around the site is home to numerous similar distribution centers including those for Rite Aid, Sephora, Electrolux, Bob’s Discount Furniture and Clorox. With the new facility, Wayfair will be able to reach one-third of the U.S. population overnight.
“As we continue to expand our world class logistics network, our new Maryland fulfillment center in Harford County will further strengthen our ability to serve our rapidly growing customer base,” said Thomas Netzer, COO of Wayfair. “We look forward to welcoming the area’s top talent to join our award-winning operations team as we bring more than 250 new jobs to the community.”
The Maryland Department of Commerce has approved a $750,000 conditional loan through Advantage Maryland, and Harford County approved a $75,000 workforce training grant to help grow the company’s workforce. As part of the incentive package Harford County had to match the state’s grant at 10% and elected to do so through the training grants. The company is also eligible for tax credits, according to the governor’s office.
“By building this impressive facility in Harford County, Wayfair can easily reach one-third of the country’s population in just an overnight drive,” said Maryland Commerce Secretary Kelly M. Schulz. “Our state’s distribution and logistics sector is supported by not only the Port of Baltimore, but also five major interstates, and several railroads and regional airports, making Maryland’s location accessible and a major advantage for customers across the United States.”
Based in Boston and founded in 2002, Wayfair cracked the Fortune 500 for the first time in 2019, when it reported $9.127 billion in revenue. It employs more than 16,900 people throughout Europe and North America, according to 2019 fourth-quarter financial report, and generated $14 billion in net revenue last year.