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Best Buy Will Open Giant New Distribution Center in Upstate New York in 2003

4 Oct, 2001 By: Hive News

Best Buy Co. Inc. said Thursday that its newest distribution center will be located in Tioga County, NewYork, in the town of Nichols.

The state-of-the-art distribution center willcreate more than 400 new jobs over the next five years. Construction is scheduled to begin in spring 2002 and be completed by spring 2003.

Best Buy senior v.p. of logistics Chas Scheiderer and New York Governor George E. Pataki announced plans for the distribution center at a news conference Thursday in Owego, New York.

The $40 million facility will supply technology and entertainment products to current and future Best Buy stores in New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

Best Buy operates seven additional major distributionfacilities in Dinuba, Calif.; Ardmore, Okla.; Edina and Bloomington, Minn.; Staunton, Va.; Findlay, Ohio and Dublin, Georgia.

"Best Buy looked at more than 100 sites in five states," said Gov. Pataki. "Choosing Tioga County for this significant $40 million, 400-job investment provides tremendous confidence for the Upstate economy and sends a strong nationwide message for businesses to invest here."

"The pro-business attitude of New York and Tioga County officials was a deciding factor in locating in Tioga County," added Scheiderer.

This Best Buy distribution center is part of the "Build Now" New York site located in an Empire Zone. "Build Now" is an Empire State Developmentprogram launched by Gov. Pataki to help communities prepare sites so that New York can be in a strong position to attract job creation projects.

The Chicago office of Deloitte & Touche/Fantus Corporate Real Estate, the nation's largest corporate site location consulting firm, assisted Best Buy in the process of identifying and evaluating sites in the Northeast for the new center.

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