Ascena Retail Group Celebrates Transformation of Distribution Center

Ascena Retail Group, a leading retailer of teen and women’s apparel, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday, May 14, to celebrate the conversion of its clothing distribution facility in Greencastle, Ind. Ascena selected Gray to transform the existing structure from a store production distribution center to an e-commerce fulfillment center.

  • Location
    Greencastle, IN
  • Square Footage
    22,200 s.f.
  • Operational
    8 months

“Clearly, this building has undergone a transformative change, and is arguably a world-class e-commerce fulfillment center capable of serving our five brands and many, many more in the future,” said John Sullivan, president and chief operating officer of Ascena, who addressed a crowd of assembled guests, local associates and Ascena officials.

 

The 800,000 s.f. facility is situated on 12 acres and is currently serving all of Ascena’s brands, including dressbarn, maurices, Justice, Lane Bryant and Catherines. Home to more than 350 employees, the e-commerce fulfillment center is also helping to boost Greencastle’s local economy.

 

As part of Ascena’s transformation, Gray provided all structural and architectural modifications required to replace and install new racking and conveyor systems, which include structural mezzanines, firewall openings, mezzanine floor openings, in-rack sprinkler systems and structural reinforcement of the existing building’s structure. These internal building modifications were implemented to support new, updated systems and were made while the facility was in full operation.

 

Ascena's 800,000 s.f. e-commerce fulfillment center is now serving all five of the company's brands: dressbarn, maurices, Justice, Lane Bryant and Catherines. The facility is equipped with highly efficient material-handling equipment and currently employs 350 people.
Ascena’s 800,000 s.f. e-commerce fulfillment center is now serving all five of the company’s brands: dressbarn, maurices, Justice, Lane Bryant and Catherines. The facility is equipped with highly efficient material-handling equipment and currently employs 350 people.

 

In addition, Gray built the facility’s 12,700 s.f. office and cafeteria, followed by 9,500 s.f. in subsequent renovations to the areas. Gray also recently completed an expansion project for Ascena in Pataskala, Ohio.

 

For more information on Ascena’s ribbon-cutting ceremony, click here.

 

Ascena Retail Group, Inc. operates through its subsidiaries of approximately 3,900 stores throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada.

 

Gray Construction, a nationally ranked engineering, architecture and construction firm, has over 55 years of experience in manufacturing, automotive, food and beverage, distribution, hospitality and retail facility construction. Currently, Gray has several large projects that are underway or recently completed including: a Michelin Earthmover tire manufacturing plant in Anderson, S.C.; a Caterpillar Inc. manufacturing facility near Athens, Ga.; a Siemens gas turbine plant in Charlotte, N.C.; a Drax Biomass distribution facility in Port Allen, La.; a manufacturing plant for ZF Transmissions in Gray Court, S.C.; a Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Ky.; and a specialty pet food kitchen and distribution center for Champion Petfoods in Auburn, Ky.

 

If you have distribution center plant construction needs, please contact Steve Summers, Executive Vice President at ssummers@gray.com. Or, contact Jeff Bischoff, Senior Vice President, Business Development at jbischoff@gray.com.

"Clearly, this building has undergone a transformative change, and is arguably a world-class e-commerce fulfillment center capable of serving our five brands and many, many more in the future."
John Sullivan, President and Chief Operating Officer

Ascena

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