Urban Outfitters expansion means 2,000 new jobs for Philadelphia

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A major Philadelphia employer is expanding with the help of some state incentives.

Urban Outfitters plans to double its workforce in Philadelphia to 4,000 — as well as adding another distribution center in Lancaster County with 500 new jobs as part of the deal.

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley said the Philadelphia-based company is spending a great deal of money to expand.

“This investment by Urban Outfitters is about $210 million, which will go to expand employment right here in Pennsylvania,” Cawley said Monday.

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Richard Hayne, CEO of Urban Outfitters, said the company had options other than Pennsylvania.

“We were courted by a number of areas in a number of other states,” he said. “It was always No. 1 on our lists to remain in Philadelphia and to put our fulfillment capabilities in Gap, Pennsylvania.”

The expansion will occur over about a five-year period with the hires being phased in gradually.

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