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Vitamin Shoppe signs long-term lease.

The Vitamin Shoppe[R], one of the fastest growing retailers in the country, announced the company has signed a long-term lease for its office and warehouse/distribution center in North Bergen, N.J. The company will be leasing approximately 230,000 SF to be utilized as its national corporate headquarters.

Located at 2101 91st St. in North Bergen, N.J., The Vitamin Shoppe will in stall a state-of-the-art "pick and pack system" to serve its growing retail operations as well as its catalog and Internet divisions. The existing office space will be expanded to a total of 40,000 SF, while the building's exterior facade will be upgraded. The Vitamin Shoppe additionally plans to seek local approvals to construct a retail showroom at the facility, which will be open to the public.

"We are extremely pleased to announce our new headquarters lease and to be remaining in North Bergen, where we have such strong ties with the local community," stated Jeffrey Horowitz, founder and CEO, The Vitamin Shoppe. "This lease marks an important milestone for The Vitamin Shoppe by allowing us to consolidate our current buildings and unite all our employees under one roof."

The Vitamin Shoppe selected this new headquarters based on its existing North Bergen location, which will ensure minimal workplace disruption, as well as its proximity to all major highways and trucking routes. The company plans to occupy the facility during the first quarter of 2003. The Vitamin Shoppe is currently in the midst of a tremendous national expansion strategy having recently opened its 100th store in Princeton, N.J. The Vitamin Shoppe plans to open an additional 50 stores over the next 12-18 months throughout the United States.

"This new facility will help to fuel our growth by vastly improving our operations and service to our direct customers and to our stores," added Tom Tolworthy, president and COO, The Vitamin Shoppe. "We look forward to capitalizing on these improved efficiencies as we expand to a national presence."

Jared Horowitz of Cushman & Wakefield of New York represented The Vitamin Shoppe in the transaction of this lease.
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Title Annotation:office and distribution center in North Bergen, New Jersey
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jun 26, 2002
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