• Clint Engel

Report: Irma takes down Robb & Stucky warehouse under construction

New distribution center and headquarters were hit

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Robb & Stucky will need to reboot construction on a new distribution center and headquarters here after Hurricane Irma destroyed the work in progress, according to a local report.

The retailer broke ground on the 125,000-square-foot facility on Lee Road in May. It will replace a 55,000-square-foot warehouse and headquarters in Fort Myers the retailer said it has outgrown.

It’s unclear how far along the project was when Irma came through Florida Sept. 10, but in a story on Florida’s News-Press website, Robb & Stucky Vice President and CFO Eric Chien said, “When the strong winds came by, it was destroyed.” A photo accompanying the report shows several levels of tilt-up concrete construction walls already in place on the truck-bay side of the building.

The headquarters and warehouse was slated to open in late winter 2018, the luxury home furnishings retailer, said when it announced the ground breaking. Chien told the News-Press “there will be some delay” as the retailer works with its insurance company.

Chien could not be reached immediately for comment..

According to the local report, the four-store retailer acquired the 16-acre tract for the new facility in 2016 for $2.79 million, and the lease on its existing warehouse is up in late 2018.

With 10,000 square feet of offices and 115,000 square feet of warehouse, the new facility will better accommodate its growth and support its existing stores in the state, the company has said.

Robb & Stucky operates full-line stores in Naples, Fort Myers, Sarasota and Coral Gables and expects to open a fifth store soon in Boca Raton, Fla.

Clint EngelClint Engel | Senior Retail Editor, Furniture Today
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