Gov. Wolf Announces Chewy, Inc. Expansion Creating More Than 500 New, Family-Sustaining Jobs in NEPA
Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced that Chewy, Inc., a trusted destination for pet parents and partners everywhere, is expanding its operations in Pittstown Township, Luzerne County, leasing 155,000 square feet of existing space for a pharmacy fulfillment center creating 550 new, full-time jobs.
“Pennsylvania is known across the nation as one of the best places to do business, and Chewy’s continued expansion in the commonwealth is a testament to our business-friendly climate and access to major metropolitan areas,” said Gov. Wolf. “We are proud that Chewy selected NEPA for its first pharmacy location in Pennsylvania, and we look forward to seeing the project grow, creating hundreds of good-paying jobs and benefitting the local community.”
With an anticipated opening in late 2021, Chewy’s new pharmacy location will provide fulfillment of pet prescriptions, medications, and special dietary foods. The project is Chewy’s third expansion in the commonwealth within two years. The Pittstown Township facility will be the first pharmacy location in Pennsylvania while Chewy currently employs nearly 3,500 Pennsylvanians at its fulfilment centers in Wilkes-Barre, Archbald, Lewisberry, and Mechanicsburg.
“We are proud to expand our presence in Pennsylvania with the opening of our first pharmacy facility in the state. This new site joins our four fulfillment centers already in the region which collectively employs nearly 3,500 Pennsylvanians,” said Pete Krillies, vice president of Real Estate, Facilities, Procurement of Chewy, Inc. “This expansion continues our significant regional investment with the creation of 550 additional new jobs and will also allow us to provide our customers with even faster delivery of the necessary prescriptions and health and wellness products for their pets. We are glad to have worked in partnership with the state of Pennsylvania and Pittston Township to launch this new site.”
The company received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for a $450,000 Pennsylvania First grant. The total cost of this project will be $25 million, including the private match to be invested by Chewy at the project site. The proposal is based on the new operation creating 150 pharmacist and leadership support positions. The project will result in the creation of an additional 400 distribution jobs at the new location, bringing the overall site to 550 employees when fully operational.
The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania.
Founded in 2011, Chewy is a leading innovator in pet e-commerce, offering pet parents a broad selection of more than 2,000 of the best brands in the industry, including pet products, supplies and prescriptions. With a mission to be the most trusted and convenient destination for pet parents (and partners) everywhere, Chewy delivers a high-bar experience to more than 19 million active customers around the country.