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Online retailer to open 44-job distribution center in south KC

KansasCity

ReallyGoodStuff.com, a Connecticut-based online retailer that sells classroom supplies primarily to elementary-school teachers, will open a distribution facility in the CenterPoint Intermodal Center in south Kansas City.

The fulfillment center, which will distribute products across the United States and Canada, will open in June and have 44 employees, said Tim Kochuba, executive vice president of operations with ReallyGoodStuff.

CenterPoint is being developed on the site of the former Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base. The complex, near Grandview, is served by a Kansas City Southern rail line as well as highway access to Missouri 150 and Interstate 49.

Kochuba said Monday his company was making a $3.36 million capital investment in the project. The online retailer will share space with another tenant in a 500,000-square-foot building, he said.

ReallyGoodStuff can access up to about $170,000 in incentives through the Missouri Works program if it meets job creation and investment criteria, according to the Missouri Department of Economic Development.

Kochuba declined to comment on any other details of its building lease or other incentives the company may be receiving.

This will be the retailer’s second distribution center. Its other facility and corporate headquarters are on 16 acres in Monroe, Conn. The privately held firm was founded in 1992 and has about 150 full-time employees.

Kochuba said the company had outgrown its current processing facility and began looking for a second location about a year ago. The retailer looked at several states and cities, including buildings on both sides of the state line in the metropolitan area, along with properties in Oklahoma and Kentucky, Kochuba said.

“We were looking at properties that offered a combination of competitive pricing to minimize freight costs to our customers and good … distribution facilities,” Kochuba said.

ReallyGoodStuff’s product line is geared mostly to elementary-school teachers. Its products include organizers and storage bins, classroom furnishings, and other teacher supplies such as posters and banners for bulletin boards, dry erase whiteboards, and stickers and stamps. The company, which works with educators to come up with products, said its goal is to develop “fun, colorful products that would fulfill teachers’ needs.”

“For over 20 years, we’ve served elementary schools in every state and in almost every community,” Jon Sonneborn, an executive vice president with the company, said in a statement. “Now we’re much closer to many of our beloved teachers.”

The Kansas City Area Development Council worked with about a dozen partners to attract the online retailer to the intermodal center. Those partners included the Missouri Department of Economic Development, the city of Kansas City, the Port Authority of Kansas City, Newmark Grubb Zimmer, and the Economic Development Council of Kansas City.

Interested job applicants should get in touch with ReallyGoodStuff at its website, www.reallygoodstuff.com.

To reach Steve Rosen, call 816-234-4879 or send email to srosen@kcstar.com.

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