Multichannel electronic retailer to add new warehouse distribution space and call center
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 16, 2014) – ShopHQ plans to double the size of its operations in Warren County.
“I’m thrilled to celebrate ShopHQ’s expansion and the creation of these new jobs,” said Gov. Steve Beshear. “Through our top-notch workforce and centralized location, ShopHQ has found great success in Bowling Green. I want to thank the company for its investment, and I look forward to its impact on Kentucky families.”
ShopHQ will begin construction immediately to expand its 260,000-s.f. facility on Nashville Road to nearly 600,000 s.f. The company also plans to install a new warehouse management system to improve the ordering and shipping process. The expansion and upgrades are expected to be complete in 2015.
“We originally chose to establish our distribution and call center in Bowling Green because of its ideal location for logistics and the low cost of business that the region provides,” said ShopHQ CEO Keith Stewart. “But what has proved to be more valuable to ShopHQ and our success here is the support we receive from the community and leaders. We are happy to call south central Kentucky home and look forward to continuing to grow and expand here.”
Founded in 1990 as ValueVision Media Inc., ShopHQ is a shopping headquarters for jewelry, watches, beauty, fashion, home décor and consumer electronics. The company provides customers an interactive shopping experience by offering products through live television, Internet, social media and mobile applications. ShopHQ’s TV programming reaches more than 86 million homes in the United States.
The Bowling Green facility opened in 1997 and currently employs 280 full-time workers. ShopHQ chose Kentucky over Tennessee and Ohio for the expansion project.
The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority preliminarily approved the company for tax incentives up to $480,000 through Kentucky Enterprise Initiative Act (KEIA). KEIA allows approved companies to recoup Kentucky sales and use tax on construction costs, building fixtures, equipment used in research and development and electronic processing equipment. ShopHQ also received local incentives.