US-based department store chain Macy’s is planning to open a new Backstage distribution centre in Columbus, Ohio, to support the growth of its Backstage store concept.

The new distribution centre, scheduled to open in autumn next year, will create approximately 400 jobs in the region.

The retailer currently employs approximately 6,500 employees at 24 Macy’s stores, one Bluemercury and its headquarters in Ohio.

“Macy’s has a strong business in Ohio, and we are excited to continue building our presence in the state.”

Macy’s chairman and chief executive officer Jeff Gennette said: “Macy’s has a strong business in Ohio, and we are excited to continue building our presence in the state.

“We are fuelling the expansion of our Backstage concept by adding a new distribution centre and creating 400 more Macy’s jobs in Columbus, Ohio. This new distribution centre will enable us to move merchandise to our Backstage locations faster and with more flexibility.”

Backstage is an on-mall, off-price concept that offers fresh products, including apparel and accessory brands for men, women and children.

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The concept store will also feature an assortment of housewares, cosmetics, hair and nail care, home textiles and decor, gifts, jewellery, shoes, accessories, designer handbags and activewear.

Of the 100 planned Backstage locations, the retail chain opened 20 stores across the Northwest and Southwest in the first quarter this year.

Macy’s currently operates more than 690 department stores under Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s brands, and 160 speciality stores under Bloomingdale’s The Outlet, Bluemercury and Macy’s Backstage brands.