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Journeys group to expand Lebanon operations

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Footwear, accessories retailer to create 72 jobs

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd and Journeys Group, a division of Nashville-based Genesco Inc., announced Tuesday the company will expand distribution operations in Lebanon, investing $35 million and creating 72 new jobs in Wilson County.

Journeys will add 207,000 square feet to its current 320,000-square-foot distribution facility in Lebanon. With the expansion, the company plans to add new equipment to better serve its retail and online customers. The construction of the additional square footage is set to begin by the end of the year.

"I want to thank Journeys Group for choosing to expand in Wilson County and for its continued investment in Tennessee," Boyd said. "There are over 263,400 Tennesseans employed in the transportation, distribution and logistics sector, and it is welcomed news when a company like Journeys, with its long history in our state, chooses to bring even more jobs to this growing sector and Team Tennessee."

Journeys operates more than 1,300 specialty retail stores in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland and Germany. Journeys Group President James C. Estepa said the company is excited about the expansion and appreciates the "tremendous support" of state and local officials in making it a reality.

"The great workforce at our Lebanon distribution center has been a key contributor to Journeys' success over the past 15 years," he added.

Referring to Journeys as "one of the county's premier businesses," Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto described Tuesday's announcement of the planned expansion as "satisfying."

"I want to thank Journeys Group and Genesco not only for the vote of confidence in Wilson County, but also for the many opportunities and contributions they have made and continue to make to our county," Hutto said.

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