Photo courtesy of Blue Apron
By Joshua Burd
Blue Apron has taken the wraps off its new 495,000-square-foot fulfillment center in Linden, where the meal kit delivery service plans to employ more than 2,000 people in the year ahead.
The nearly five-year-old company said this week that its new facility is under construction and slated to officially open for production later this year. The New York-based startup committed to the space at 901 West Linden Ave. in the second quarter of 2016, one of several big-box e-commerce deals that are driving the state’s industrial market.
“We’re excited to be expanding our presence in New Jersey and bringing full-time jobs to the Linden community,” Matt Salzberg, Blue Apron co-founder and CEO. Said in a prepared statement. “Our new fulfillment center will help improve the efficiency and capacity of our operations to meet strong customer demand.”
In a news release this week, Blue Apron said its Linden facility will be outfitted with state-of-the-art technology and a host of employee amenities. It will be the latest fulfillment center for the company, which also operates facilities in Jersey City, along with Arlington, Texas and Richmond, California.
“We are thrilled that Blue Apron is investing in Linden with its new facility,” Linden Mayor Derek Armstead said. “The company’s decision to come here will be a boost for our local economy, providing much needed jobs to our area. We look forward to having Blue Apron as a partner in our community.”