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NICHOLAS, NY-Days after opening a new 35,000 sf store in downtown Manhattan, Best Buy Co., reports it has broken ground on a new $40 million distribution facility here.

The 650,000-sf distribution center will provide consumer electronics and home office products to the company’s stores in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Maine.

The distribution center, located in Tioga County, between Binghamton and Elmira near the Pennsylvania border, is scheduled to be completed by the spring of 2003 and will create more than 400 new jobs in the next five years, according to Best Buy officials.

The plans for the new distribution center were announced by Best Buy Senior Vice President of Logistics Chas Scheiderer and New York Governor George Pataki on Monday (June 17).

“Best Buy is committed to building our presence in New York,” Scheiderer says. “With our new Manhattan store location and the new Nichols Distribution Center, we are proud to be part of the continued economic growth of the county, the region and the great state of New York.”

Best Buy, which is headquartered in Minneapolis, opened its new 35,000-sf Manhattan location on 23rd St. and Sixth Ave. on Friday, June 14. The company operates more than 1,900 retail locations in the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The site of Best Buy’s Nichols Distribution Center is located in an Empire Zone. The project site is also part of the “Build Now” program launched by the Empire State Development Corp. The program helps communities in obtaining all or most of the necessary approvals that would allow construction on a given site to proceed in a timely fashion.

The project design, engineering and construction of the Nichols Distribution Center has been awarded to the James N. Gray Company, a design-build firm with offices in Kentucky, New York, Virginia, Arizona and California.

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