Friday, June 23, 2000

Old Navy Outlet rents in Hebron

Warehouse lease is unrelated to expansion plans

By Lisa Biank Fasig
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The Gap Inc. has agreed to lease a new warehouse in Hebron for national distribution of its Old Navy Outlet division, four months after saying it wanted to expand area operations.

        The plan does not involve its popular Gap Outlet store in Erlanger, which has been rumored to be relocating this summer. Nor does it involve The Gap's plans to open a larger facility in Northern Kentucky or southern Ohio to handle rapid store expansion.

        “All this has to do with is we leased some space, a 525,000-square-foot facility, to support Old Navy Outlet stores,” said Kellie Leonard, Gap spokeswoman. “We'll move in next year.”

        The outlets are separate from standard, full-price Old Navy stores often seen in strip centers. The chain does not operate any such outlet stores in Ohio or Kentucky, and Ms. Leonard said she doesn't know of any plans to open an Old Navy Outlet in Hebron. The nearest such outlet is in Michigan.

        The warehouse, called Building J at Park West International, is owned by Industrial Developments International. It operates in an industrial park adjacent to Interstate 275 west of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

        Doug Armbruster, marketing manager for IDI, declined to disclose details of the lease.

        The new facility is in addition to The Gap's current operations in Northern Kentucky, which include five buildings in Hebron and Erlanger.

        Ms. Leonard said The Gap remains interested in expanding its warehouse and distribution facilities either in Northern Kentucky or southern Ohio. Company officials have talked to economic development leaders in Kentucky and Ohio about receiving tax incentives for the expansion.


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