ARIZONA – Funko, a leading pop culture lifestyle brand, moved its main U.S. distribution facility from several delivery points in Washington to a delivery center in Arizona.
The Commerce Authority announced that the company intends to lease a 958,000-square-foot facility in Buckeye, Arizona, which is intended to create more than 300 jobs. Funko expects the property, which will distribute the portfolio of brands such as Pop!, Paka Paka, GOLD, Loungefly, Funko Games and more, to be operational by April 2022.
“We are excited to bring Funko to Arizona with the opening this month of our nearly one million square foot facility in Buckeye. Demand for Funko products globally is as high as ever and the company recently surpassed $1 billion in revenue by 2021. Consolidating multiple warehouses into one facility will enhance our customers’ experience and maximize growth opportunities as our business scales,” said Andrew Perlmutter, the company’s chief executive officer.
The Buckeye distribution center will feature a fitness center for associates, outdoor and indoor green space and a future retail store for associates and the community. The facility will also include 1,500 solar panels covering more than 200 parking spaces for employees, visitors and customers, generating 1.24 million kilowatt-hours of power.
While Funko’s corporate headquarters remains in Everett, Washington, Funko chose to move its main distribution facility to Buckeye because of Arizona’s strategic location and strong talent pool.
“The news of Funko’s move to Buckeye solidifies our efforts to continue to attract quality companies to the city. The possibility of more than 300 jobs available to residents benefits Buckeye and the West Valley. Providing our residents with an opportunity to work closer to home will improve their quality of life, with a shorter commute and a career that thrives,” said Mayor Eric Orsborn.
Funko’s expansion adds to recent economic activity in Buckeye, such as KORE Power’s battery manufacturing facility, and statewide distribution facilities for Williams-Sonoma, Inc. in Glendale, KeHe in Goodyear, The Real Real in Phoenix and Amazon’s statewide distribution facilities.
Source: MEXICONOW Staff