Ralph Lauren consolidates some operations to High Point


By Pam Haynes

The High Point Enterprise

November 11, 2009


HIGH POINT – Polo Ralph Lauren will consolidate some out-of-state operations to a High Point facility.


A Martinsburg, W.Va., children’s wear distribution center will move its operations to the company’s facility at 4100 Beechwood Drive.


The nearly 10-year-old West Virginia warehouse will close by December 2010, displacing about 100 employees.  Some employees will be offered to relocate to High Point, according to company officials.


“A large portion of them will be given the opportunity to relocate,” said Ryan Lally, a spokesman with the company’s headquarters in New York.


Its Beechwood Drive facility, which carries a Greensboro address but lies within the High Point boundaries, functions as a multi-use warehouse and distribution center.  It has been in use since 1991.


“This is a strategic business decision for us,” Lally said about the closing.  “It will provide us with the opportunity to provide better customer service overall.”


“We’re looking at this as a positive opportunity for Polo Ralph Lauren,” he said.



Ralph Lauren moving operations to Triad


The Business Journal of the Greater Triad Area

Tuesday, November 10, 2009, 11:13am EST


Multiple media outlets are reporting that Polo Ralph Lauren will move some of its distribution operations from West Virginia to the Triad.

The New York-based company will close a warehouse and distribution center in Martinsburg, WVa., in December 2010 to consolidate its children’s wear distribution operations to the Triad, according to media reports, including a story in The Journal in Martinsburg, WVa.

The company has two facilities in High Point, including a retail distribution center on Beechwood Drive, which opened in 1991, for clothes that go into stores across the country.  It also opened a 330,000-square-foot distribution and fulfillment center in 2008 for RalphLauren.com.

Company officials told The Journal the decision will affect about 100 Martinsburg employees, who will be offered relocation packages or severance.

Polo Ralph Lauren officials could not immediately be reached for comment.