Global beauty retailer Sephora officially opened a new distribution operations facility during a ceremony in Olive Branch on Thursday, Aug. 30. The ribbon cutting marked the official opening of the project, the fourth distribution center for Sephora in the United States, providing an estimated 400 jobs in DeSoto County.
“Every day, North Mississippi’s robust transportation network provides industry-leading companies like Sephora with convenient access to major interstates and highways, ensuring quick and efficient delivery to customers, so they enjoy continued success and remain competitive in today’s global marketplace,” Governor Phil Bryant said.
In 2016, Sephora announced the company would open a new 720,000-square-foot distribution facility in Olive Branch’s Prologis Park. Sephora currently employs more than 220 workers at the Olive Branch facility.
Sephora also has partnered with the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitative Services, Ability Works and Viability to staff up to 30 percent of the open positions at the Olive Branch facility with individuals with disabilities – the largest initiative of its kind in the state.
“Olive Branch features forward-thinking, automated and innovative shuttle-system technology that will allow Sephora to build our network and provide more efficient service to the foundation of our business – our clients and our stores,” said Satish Malhotra, COO of Sephora Americas. “The investment we are making here is indicative of the economic climate in the state, the great people of DeSoto County and the confidence we have in the future of our business. We are proud to be a new member of the community, and look forward to redefining innovation in the retail industry.”
The Mississippi Development Authority provided assistance for infrastructure, equipment location and installation and workforce training. The Tennessee Valley Authority, the city of Olive Branch and DeSoto County also assisted with the project. The company is also receiving statutory tax incentives.
“Distribution is a strong economic driver for North Mississippi, employing thousands of skilled workers who ensure the timely delivery of goods so global companies like Sephora can achieve their goals in our state,” said MDA Executive Director Glenn McCullough, Jr. “We salute the teamwork of the DeSoto County Economic Development Council, TVA, Olive Branch and DeSoto County which, together with the MDA team, helped bring hundreds of new careers to the people of North Mississippi.”