SALT LAKE CITY — Online personal styling company Stitch Fix is opening a new warehouse in Salt Lake City and expects to hire 400 workers in its first year, city officials said.
"Companies like Stitch Fix that prioritize equity and economic opportunity will always find a warm welcome in Salt Lake City," Mayor Erin Mendenhall said in a statement. "I'm confident they will be a valuable partner in promoting ideals that closely align with ours while also expanding and succeeding in business."
The 700,000-square-foot facility is located in the northwest quadrant of Salt Lake City, at 1195. N. 6550 West.
It is expected to open by October.
Stitch Fix is one of the first of many clothing subscription services for men, women and children to emerge over the last 10 years, pairing customers with an online personal stylist who selects clothing, shoes and accessories that get sent in a box each month for a $20 styling fee unless the customer opts out. After receiving the items, a customer can send them back with no cost other than the original styling fee. If they choose to keep items, the $20 fee goes toward their purchase.
Salt Lake City's location — in the middle of the Western United States with access to major highways including I-80 and I-15, as well as Salt Lake City International Airport — provides an ideal infrastructure for companies like Stitch Fix to connect with customers throughout the country, noted Andrew Wittenberg, marketing and research manager for the Salt Lake City Department of Economic Development.
"Another piece is our workforce, and they're going to be building their workforce and relocating teams from the Bay Area to here," Wittenberg noted.
Pay for warehouse workers at the company starts at $16 per hour with benefits.
Although businesses throughout the state have reported difficulty in finding workers for entry-level jobs, Wittenberg said city leaders are "hopeful" the company will find the workers it needs.
"And thankfully they engaged us pretty early on in this process to help them sort of identify some of their workforce they'll need once they become operational this year," he added.
City leaders celebrated the company's focus of building "diverse, inclusive teams" after a woman, Katrina Lake, founded it in 2011.
"The company believes more diverse teams and leaders create better outcomes for all and is committed to increasing the number of people who identify as Black, Indigenous and People of Color throughout the business," city officials said in the statement.
"Salt Lake City is honored to welcome Stitch Fix to Utah. It is clear that the company's investment in the Beehive State is a testament to our business-friendly climate, access to hard-working talent, and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion," Ben Kolendar, director of Salt Lake City's Department of Economic Development, said. "Our world-class logistics infrastructure creates an extraordinary opportunity for growth."
Minesh Shah, chief operations officer at Stitch Fix, said the new Salt Lake location will help the company "continue to effectively and efficiently serve our clients in the Western U.S., and bring personal, inspiring, convenient and joyful shopping experiences to more people across the region."
Stitch Fix is accepting applications for retail warehouse positions, which includes scanning and organizing inventory, exchanges, racking clothing, boxing jewelry or working on special projects, according to the company website. Anyone interested in applying can visit stitchfix.com/careers/jobs.