Burlington Coat Factory Distribution Facility in San Bernardino



            Burlington Coat Factory Warehouse Corporation, acquired by the private equity firm, Bain Capital Partners LLC for $2.06 billion, has recently expanded its operations to a new distribution facility in the city of San Bernardino with an investment of $10 million in capital costs. Burlington has leased 440,000 sq ft from Panattoni Development Company on Mill & Doolittle Streets and will be operational in late April or early May of 2006. They plan to initially hire 125 employees.

            Burlington Coat Factory Warehouse Corporation is a national retailer focused on clothes, shoes, furniture and home decorations with more than 362 stores in 42 states. They contacted the Inland Empire Economic Partnership (IEEP) in November of 2003 through the State of California’s California Business Investment Services (CalBIS), which is part of the State’s Labor Agency. Dave Snyder, senior project manager of CalBIS worked closely with IEEP from the start.

            IEEP assisted the company by providing information on demographics, workforce, transportation infrastructure, conducting five site searches (which resulted in 98 responses from brokers and cities), and facilitating the permitting process. “Attracting businesses into a region is a partnership effort. CalBIS, the City of San Bernardino, San Bernardino County, the commercial brokerage community and IEEP all played a role in attracting Burlington to the region,” said Karin Weddig Durant, vice president economic development for IEEP.

            According to the 2005 Southern California Office and Industrial Market Report released in Dec. 2005 from the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate, Riverside and San Bernardino comprise the best market in the country for constructing warehouses and new distribution centers.