On Wednesday, Qurate Retail Group, the parent company of shopping network QVC, said it plans to open a new fulfillment center next year in Bethlehem, creating 1,200 to 1,500 jobs.
While the West Chester-based company declined to comment on a location or size of the facility, an official from a local economic development organization confirmed it would be at Majestic Bethlehem Center.
Qurate Retail Group will lease a one million square-foot-warehouse at 3419 Commerce Center Blvd. in Bethlehem, said Colin McEvoy, director of communications for Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp. LVEDC has been in discussions with the company regarding the project, he said.
He said he could not provide further details.
The Lehigh Valley center, which is still under construction, should open in mid-to-late 2019 and be fully operational in 2020. It will employ 1,200 to 1,500 workers and handle both QVC and HSN products.
Majestic Realty of Bethlehem did not return requests for comment.
Majestic Realty Co. operates and owns a 441-acre industrial park near the intersection with Interstate 78 and Route 412 in Bethlehem near Lehigh Valley Industrial Park VII. The joint QVC and HSN fulfillment center will join online retailer Zulily, another Qurate brand with a fulfillment center at 10 Emery St. in LVIPVII.
Majestic Realty has been filling the industrial spaces at its Bethlehem site over the past few years, creating spaces for Crayola and Walmart to open distribution centers.
Meanwhile, Majestic Realty also plans to collaborate with the Lehigh Northampton Airport Authority in negotiating development plans for 297 acres of flight path property across from Lehigh Valley International Airport. The site is along Airport Road near the intersection with Schoenersville Road in Hanover Township, Lehigh County.