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Urban Outfitters bringing as many as 2,000 jobs to KCK with distribution center

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Posted at 5:15 PM, Aug 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-05 18:15:38-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As many as 2,000 new jobs will be coming to Kansas City, Kansas, Gov. Laura Kelly announced Wednesday.

Urban Outfitters has reached an agreement to bring a new 880,000-square-foot distribution center to KCK.

The e-commerce, direct-to-consumer facility will be located on land next to the Kansas Speedway, state officials said.

Urban Outfitters’ investment could reach $350 million over the next several years.

“I’m excited to announce our new partnership with [Urban Outfitters] and to welcome them to Kansas,” Kelly said. “This is a transformational project for our state, bringing a new, high-profile corporate partner and as many as 2,000 good-paying jobs. This was a true collaboration to generate an economic development success story that will deliver benefits in Wyandotte County and beyond in our state.”

Senator Jerry Moran also commented on the deal, saying he is “confident more businesses will continue to partner with our state as we work to bring more jobs and industries to Kansas.”

Urban Outfitters said it chose KCK because of its central location, infrastructure and skilled workforce.

KCK Mayor David Alvey said he is happy to welcome a company like Urban to town.

“[Urban Outfitters’] community-centric mission, with a continued commitment to reducing employment barriers, good wages and benefits, and local and minority hiring preferences sets them apart,” Alvey said. “While our region continues to feel the economic impact of COVID, it is new investment and economic development efforts like this that will allow our community to rebound quicker by creating new jobs, additional revenue, and future growth.”