Global shipping and logistics giant UPS is expanding its North Texas presence in a big way. The Atlanta-based company will open two new local facilities in November: a 500,000-square-foot distribution center at AllianceTexas, which will create 350 new jobs; and a 215,000-square-foot center in McKinney, which will initially add 120 jobs.
“We are expanding in Fort Worth and McKinney in order to meet demands arising from volume growth,” said Craig Wiltz, district president for UPS. “These new facilities increase our ability to efficiently serve customers throughout (North Texas).”
Sharon Morrison with E Smith Realty Partners represented UPS in both transactions. Tony Creme was the in-house representative for Hillwood for the Alliance lease. UPS will occupy Alliance Gateway 1. The deal is one of the largest industrial leases the market has seen this year.
UPS’ new facility “enhances the logistics platform currently offered at AllianceTexas, especially as e-commerce companies continue to locate their fulfillment centers here,” said Creme, vice president of Hillwood Properties.
The Fort Worth facility will serve UPS customers in North Tarrant and South Denton counties.
In McKinney, UPS will move into an 888,000-square-foot building previously occupied by Blockbuster. The facility, which sits at 3000 Redbud Boulevard, was just acquired by Saskaway Management Group.
The building “is a great fit for UPS and will provide the space and central location that was integral in the site selection process,” Morrison said.
By 2017, UPS expects to employ 200 people at the McKinney center.