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Journeys to expand Lebanon operations

Staff Reports • Nov 15, 2016 at 1:04 PM

State officials announced Tuesday that Journeys would expand its Lebanon operations, which will bring more than 50 new jobs to Wilson County.

Randy Boyd, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner, along with Journeys Group, a division of Nashville-based Genesco Inc., announced the company would expand its distribution operations and invest $35 million and create 72 new jobs in Wilson County.

Journeys, which operates more than 1,300 specialty retail stores in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland and Germany, will add 207,000 square feet to its current 320,000-square-foot distribution facility in Lebanon. The company plans to add new equipment to better serve its retail and online customers with the expansion.

Construction of the additional square footage is set to begin by the end of the year.

“I want to thank Journeys Group for choosing to expand in Wilson County and for its continued investment in Tennessee,” Boyd said. “There are over 263,400 Tennesseans employed in the transportation, distribution and logistics sector and it is welcomed news when a company like Journeys, with its long history in our state, chooses to bring even more jobs to this growing sector and Team Tennessee.”

"The great workforce at our Lebanon distribution center has been a key contributor to Journeys' success over the past 15 years,” said James C. Estepa, Journeys Group president and CEO. “We are excited about the Lebanon distribution center expansion to support continuing growth at Journeys. We are proud to be part of the Wilson County community, and appreciate the tremendous support of state and local officials in making this expansion a reality.”

Local leaders and partners expressed appreciation to Journeys Group for choosing to expand its operations in Wilson County.

“On behalf of the citizens of Lebanon, it’s my privilege to congratulate Journeys Group and Genesco on the decision to expand its operations in our city,” Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead said. “We realize that a company of this magnitude has multiple opportunities and alternatives to grow both its market share and service facilities. We believe that today’s announcement further confirms that businesses of this stature cannot only locate in this community but also find a supportive and business friendly environment that allows for the company’s growth.”

"It is always satisfying to learn of the expansion of one of the county’s premier businesses,” Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto said. “I want to thank Journeys Group and Genesco not only for the vote of confidence in Wilson County that this investment represents, but also for the many opportunities and contributions they have made and continue to make to our county."

“TVA and Middle Tennessee EMC congratulate Journeys on its decision to expand and create additional job opportunities in Lebanon, Tennessee,” said John Bradley, TVA Senior VP of Economic Development. “We are proud to serve with our partners at the Joint Economic and Community Development Board of Wilson County, Wilson County and City of Lebanon, and Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development to help support existing business and industry growth.”

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