Five Below Buckeye

Five Below is expanding to Buckeye.

One of the fastest-growing cities in the country has no problems attracting new residents. But employers?

Many times over the last few years, the city of Buckeye has smiled—while gritting teeth—in congratulations as Goodyear lands one big employer after another (Microsoft, Amazon, UPS, etc.).

Finally, Buckeye has landed a big one: Five Below, a chain of specialty discount stores headquartered in Philadelphia.

The national retail company plans to begin construction on an 850,000-square-foot distribution center at the southwest corner of Miller and Durango roads.

The company will invest more than $75 million in land, building and equipment and initially create around 150 jobs—with plans to nearly double to 290 jobs over five years, according to Annie DeChance, a Buckeye spokeswoman.

“We are really excited to continue our expansion out west and to build out our distribution network,” said Joel Anderson, CEO and president of Five Below.

He noted the distribution center will initially service stores in Arizona, California, Nevada and Colorado, “with capacity to expand as we enter new western states over the coming years, as well as to support future eCommerce operations.”  

Five Below has 950 stores, including nine in Arizona. It plans to more than double its stores in the next few years.

Buckeye Mayor Jackie Meck, who likes his discounts, said, “Five Below and Buckeye are a perfect fit for each other.

“Despite the recent challenges of COVID-19, the city continues to move forward with significant new projects,” Meck added.

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