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LATHROP, CA-JC Penney plans a 436,000-sf logistics center at theCrossroads Commerce Center and has named Irvine-based Ware Malcombfor design work at the facility, which will distribute merchandisethroughout the country. Penney says that the logistics operation,which will occupy an existing building at 700 D'Arcy Parkway in theCrossroads Commerce Center, will function primarily to receive andsort imported merchandise for routing to the retailer's storesupport centers across the country.

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Ware Malcomb, which will execute the job from the firm'sNorthern California office, will provide architectural and interiordesign services for the project, which includes renovations to theexisting building, including 12,500 sf of office tenantimprovements and a 4,400-sf warehouse addition. The warehouse isbeing designed to include a fully automated sorting system.

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The 1,039-store JC Penney chain needs additional capacity in itslogistics network to support its planned store growth, according toJim LaBounty, SVP of supply chain management for the retailer. Withapproximately 150 stores opening in the next three years, heexplains, the Lathrop facility will enable JC Penney to routeinbound goods through the Port of Oakland.

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JC Penney expects that the added capacity and portdiversification provided by the Lathrop site will help the companyto reduce transportation time for its imports in addition tosupporting its long-range growth plans.

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With modifications to the existing building and installation ofequipment beginning this month, the new center is expected to be upand running in early August. JC Penney expects to hireapproximately 100 workers for the site, beginning in July.

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The new facility will expand a JC Penney logistics network thatincludes similar cross-dock facilities in Buena Park in SouthernCalifornia as well as in Atlanta; Statesville, NC; Alliance, TX andNorth Bergen, NJ. The company also operates a network of 13regional store support centers, each servicing 80 to 125stores.

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