Well-known retailer The Neiman Marcus Group has leased a 198,400 square foot industrial building from Mericle Commercial Real Estate Services in CenterPoint Commerce & Trade Park East in Jenkins Township, Luzerne County.
The company will create approximately 150 jobs in the new distribution center at 400-450 CenterPoint Boulevard. The facility will serve the entire east coast.
The building was constructed on speculation by Mericle. According to Mericle President, Robert K. Mericle, Neiman Marcus will be the 31st company in CenterPoint and its 150 new jobs will push total park employment to approximately 3,200.
Mericle Vice President Jim Hilsher coordinated the real estate transaction along with Joe McDermott from CB Richard Ellis Real Estate of Wayne, Pennsylvania.
Hilsher thanked Janet Smith of Pennsylvania’s Governor’s Action Team, Rosemary Dessoye of the Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce, and the Jenkins Township supervisors for their help in securing the tenant.
“We are pleased to have Neiman Marcus, one of the world’s premier retailers, in CenterPoint,” said Hilsher. “The company looked at many buildings in several states for this distribution operation. We are glad we were able to provide them with a great fit in CenterPoint.”
Hilsher said Mericle construction crews are customizing the space to the exact needs of Neiman Marcus. He said Mericle expects to complete work in the space this fall with the company beginning operations by the end of the year.
CenterPoint now consists of 20 buildings totaling 5.5 million square feet. Neiman Marcus joins several major retailers with distribution facilities in CenterPoint including J.P. Boden, Men’s Wearhouse, Lowe’s, and The Home Depot.
Mericle Commercial Real Estate Services, founded by Robert Mericle, has provided commercial real estate solutions to companies in Northeastern and North Central Pennsylvania for more than 30 years. Mericle is a developer of investment grade industrial, office, flex, and medical space and ReadyToGo!™ Sites. More than 13,400 people work in the buildings Mericle has developed.