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zulily Expands Operations in Columbus Regions

Original story featured in The Wall Street Journal


 
zulily, the online retailer obsessed with bringing customers special finds every day, today announced the next phase of its expansion in the Columbus, Ohio area.

zulily has invested $1.3 million, adding to its collective capital investment of $30 million in the Columbus Region, and has expanded its existing Gahanna operations to support its rapid growth. zulily currently employs more than 1,250 employees in the Columbus Region and has continued to demonstrate job growth, increasing its number of employees by 22 percent from 2014 to 2015 and increasing by 28 percent from 2015 to date in 2016. The newly expanded Gahanna office, located at 800 Tech Center Drive, is 87,500 square feet and will celebrate its opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony this morning at 9:30 a.m. E.T. zulily operates a fulfillment center in Obetz, OH, a corporate office in Gahanna, OH and has replaced its Citygate office. The company has continued to demonstrate strong growth and drive a compelling customer experience that delights more than 5 million active customers each and every day.

"The state, county, local government partners, businesses and vendors, and people of the Columbus community have made it possible for us to continue to expand our footprint in Ohio -- all with an eye to deliver an exceptional customer experience," said Darrell Cavens, CEO of zulily. "Our cross section between technology and retail creates an incredibly unique set of hiring opportunities. We believe that the Columbus area has been and will continue to be well-positioned to provide a highly talented workforce to fill the positions being created in the coming years. We are excited to be expanding our presence in the Columbus Region."

The expansion is illustrative of the continued commitment to growth and opportunity in the Columbus area. The zulily presence in Gahanna and Obetz includes positions in distribution, customer service, human resources, finance, merchandising, and studio services.

"Four years ago, zulily chose Obetz and Gahanna to build what it considers its second home, and today the company has created more than 1,250 jobs in the region," said JobsOhio Managing Director for Information Technology and Logistics, Ted Griffith. "Along with our local partners, we look forward to growing our relationship with zulily as it continues to expand here in Ohio."

"Gahanna and Obetz are great communities in which to expand, and zulily is the kind of innovative growth company that we are proud to have within the Columbus Region," said Kenny McDonald, President and CEO, Columbus 2020.

The Gahanna expansion comes with new job opportunities, with more than 50 openings at various levels and in multiple departments including customer service, fulfillment center associates, studio, merchandising and accounts payable. zulily will be hosting an open house event following today's ribbon-cutting ceremony at the newly expanded Gahanna office at 3.30 p.m. -- 6.30 p.m. E.T. for open positions in merchandising, accounts payable, studio and customer service.

"The City of Gahanna is pleased that zulily is expanding their corporate footprint within our community. This expansion project will create jobs for citizens of Gahanna and throughout central Ohio. zulily has been a great corporate partner for the City of Gahanna and we look forward to working with them for years to come," said Thomas R. Kneeland, Mayor of Gahanna.

zulily has more than 3,200 full-time employees and is headquartered in Seattle with an office and fulfillment centers in Ohio, Nevada and Pennsylvania. For more information on hiring and career opportunities in the Columbus area, click here.