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UT: Leading e-Commerce Company, CSN Stores, Announces Western Expansion Plans

Jan 06, 2011
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Boston-based CSN Stores, LLC will be opening a new Western U.S. customer care operation and distribution center in Ogden, Utah.  Founded in 2002, CSN Stores is the third-largest online retailer of home goods in the U.S., with more than 250 different shopping sites including Luggage.com, Cookware.com, AllModern.com and BedroomFurniture.com. Within its first four years in operation, CSN Stores reached sales of $109 million and has continued to grow ever since.  In 2010, CSN’s sales grew more than 50 percent compared to 2009, surpassing $375 million.

In conjunction with the CSN Stores announcement, Governor Gary R. Herbert recognized the online retailer. “Utah’s many strengths enable us to retain, attract, and grow business, particularly our productive workforce and sound business environment.” The Governor also acknowledged, “State leaders have been fiscally prudent which gives Utah an economic advantage.”

With the assistance of many Utah partners – the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), Ogden City, Dept. of Workforce Services (DWS) and Ogden Weber Applied Technology College – CSN Stores has made the decision to expand in Utah. During the next two years, the company will create up to 266 new, full-time positions in Northern Utah.

Significant new worker training will be provided to CSN employees by DWS and the Applied Technology College.  As a result, over the 10-year period, up to 163 new full-time positions, with full benefits, will be created that exceed 125% of the Weber County average wage, paying over $47 million in new State wages.  In addition to these positions, up to 700 additional jobs will be developed over the 10-year life of an incentive agreement with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.

"We are delighted to establish both our Western U.S. customer service center and distribution center in Ogden, a community that’s the perfect fit for CSN, with a well-educated, talented and diligent workforce,” said Niraj Shah, CEO and Co-Founder of CSN Stores. “We chose Ogden over 20 other cities that we explored during a six-month search. The representatives we've met from Utah have been extremely welcoming and enthusiastic, true collaborators interested in a mutually rewarding partnership.  We look forward to building a great future together, bringing enhanced economic prosperity, as well as hundreds of new jobs to the region."

Ogden Mayor Matthew Godfrey noted that CSN is a leader in e-commerce.  “We are excited to have such a successful e-commerce company like CSN bringing jobs to Ogden.  There were many critical partners involved in making this happen and we are grateful to have participated with them.”  

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development Board reviewed the business opportunity and voted to offer a single taxpayer post-performance incentive to the company as a part of the package that helped the company reach the decision to expand into the State.  The company will be investing $1.5 million in the new facility and will be paying over $2.7 million in new State taxes during the life of the incentive.  The post-performance incentive, which will be paid out as the jobs are created, was approved by the GOED Board for $548,500 dollars for qualified employees.  In addition DWS will be offering up to $200,000 in training funds for new employees who are hired in the first two years of the project.

“The Department of Workforce Services is looking forward to providing training assistance for those new workers who plan to start their careers with CSN Stores,” said DWS Executive Director Kristen Cox. “Supporting employers with their workforce training needs and providing employment opportunities to Utahns is a primary focus of our mission.”

The Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College will also be providing ongoing employee training.  According to Collette Mercier, President, “Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College is very excited that CSN Stores has selected Weber County for their Western U.S. location.  We look forward to working with CSN Stores in the development and delivery of training.  We are committed to creating a training partnership with them that will contribute to the success of the company.  Our training expertise partnered with the company’s reputation for high quality service will ensure a great future for CSN Stores, its employees and Weber County."
Jeff Edwards, president & CEO of Economic Development Corporation of Utah, another partner in bringing CSN to Utah, praised the company. “We are pleased to see another great company open a major operation in Utah. CSN Stores’ presence in Northern Utah is another success story of Ogden’s commitment to bringing great jobs and competitive wages to its community by capitalizing on great public/private partnerships.”
CSN is working to open its doors to the Western U.S. facility within the next four to six months, enhancing its current customer service operation and distribution center, now both located entirely in Boston. Anyone interested in joining CSN’s new team in Ogden should reach out directly to recruiting@csnstores.com. Any other inquires should be sent to csnutah@csnstores.com.

About CSN Stores LLC
Founded in 2002, CSN Stores (www.CSNStores.com) is a $375 million+, privately owned company, comprised of 250+ online stores in North America, the U.K., and Germany, providing unparalleled selection, great customer service and significant savings. CSN's sites include: Luggage.com, Cookware.com, AllModern.com, BedroomFurniture.com, and many more. Headquartered in Boston, Mass., CSN offers 2 million+ products from more than 4,000 brands. CSN is the No. 3 online retailer of housewares and home furnishings in the U.S., according to Internet Retailer.

About the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED)  
Web: www.business.utah.gov
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) charter is based on Governor Gary Herbert’s commitment to economic development statewide. The mandate for this office is to provide rich business resources for the creation, growth and recruitment of companies to Utah and to increase tourism and film production in the state. GOED accomplishes this mission through the administration of programs that are based around targeted industries or “economic clusters” that demonstrate the best potential for development. GOED utilizes state resources and private sector contracts to fulfill its mission.  For more information please contact:  Michael Sullivan, 801-538-8811 or mgsullivan@utah.gov

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