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Joint Development Authority of Winder-Barrow County – Chico’s



In April 2006, the Joint Development Authority of Winder-Barrow County was awarded $200,000 in OneGeorgia EDGE funds to assist with the acquisition of a 49,765 square-foot building located on 19.22 acres in support of the location of a customer service center for Chico’s FAS, Inc. This facility is adjacent to Chico’s 235,000 square-foot distribution center in Barrow County.

  Chico’s, headquartered in Fort Myers, Florida, is a specialty retailer of private label clothing and accessories for women. The company, in business since 1983,  operates over 672 stores throughout the U.S., the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The call center, located in Barrow County, handles internet and catalogue sales generated by the Chico’s, White House/Black Market and Soma Intimates brands. With private investment exceeding $10 million, the call center has regional impact with the company hiring 134 employees from Barrow, Jackson, Gwinnett, and Madison counties. A study conducted by the University of Georgia indicated this project will have a seven year economic impact of more than $10.4 million.

  In early June 2009, Chico’s announced its third expansion to its Barrow County site. With the $15 million purchase of the former Hagemeyer building, Chico’s will expand the distribution center and hire an additional 189 full-time and 61 part-time employees. According to a second study conducted by UGA, the impact of economic activity will exceed $19 million due to this third expansion alone. When the new site becomes fully operational, Chico’s will employ approximately 450 workers from the Northeast Georgia region.

   “We are pleased that Chico’s continues to exhibit their belief in the State of Georgia and Barrow County. How sweet it is to partner with this quality company and to share a commitment of investment and job creation in triplicate. With the third expansion, Chico’s has an even stronger presence in Barrow Industrial Park along the University Parkway corridor.” – Linda Moore, VP of Barrow County Economic Development Council  

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