Sephora approved for 714,000-square-foot warehouse in North Las Vegas


A major beauty retailer is coming to the Las Vegas valley.  On Thursday, Sephora received approval from the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development on its requested economic development package to have its western distribution center in North Las Vegas.

With GOED’s approval, Sephora now plans to finalize its lease negotiation for a 714,000-square-foot facility on 45 acres at Tropical Distribution Center in North Las Vegas.  The move will make it the latest major employer to set up operations within the masterplan industrial park. 

Sephora’s western distribution center will be located on 120 acres in North Las Vegas near the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  The Tropical Distribution Center will be located adjacent to Amazon’s recently announced 2.4 million-square-foot fulfillment center. Both facilities, as well as the associated site work and adjacent public roadways, are being developed by VanTrust Real Estate.

Once completed in May 2019, Sephora’s facility will create up to 400 projected new jobs with the intention of filling nearly all positions with Nevada residents. As part of its hiring efforts, Sephora also plans to partner with the regional workforce centers to find qualified employees who may be disabled or veterans.

“The advancements we’ve implemented to make North Las Vegas the most business-friendly city are being recognized worldwide by major companies that are lining up to locate here,” North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee said. “We are thrilled to welcome our newest partner Sephora to North Las Vegas — the new e-commerce capital of the west — and wish the company great success as we continue to grow together.”

Sephora’s facility will consist of a distribution center for retail locations and e-commerce fulfillment center with direct shipping to consumers, totaling 694,000 square feet, as well as an attached 20,000-square-foot, single-story office. The industrial portion will require high-quality design and construction to support the building’s state-of-the-art automation and robotic systems. 

The office space will reflect the company’s luxury brand with high-end finishes and will include amenities for employees such as spacious common areas and outdoor seating.

“As we continue our growth plan — especially in the Western U.S. — it was important to us that we establish a new regional distribution center that could most effectively supply product to stores in 12 Western states,” said Mike Racer, senior vice president of supply chain at Sephora. “With transportation and seamless logistics being key drivers in Sephora’s location decisions, Tropical Distribution Center and the Greater Las Vegas market were clear contenders for its proximity and ability to deliver speed and efficiency for our clients.” 

With the delivery of Sephora and Amazon, construction of the Tropical Distribution Center will be complete, and Backman says, “VanTrust is actively pursuing additional opportunities to develop office and industrial parks throughout Southern Nevada.”

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