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San Francisco -- August 1, 2011 -- ModCloth, an innovative online retailer specializing in fashion and decor from independent designers, finalized a deal with Rugby Realty Company this week to secure a larger space in Crafton, Pennsylvania, in what was formerly the Roomful Express facility.
Scott Casciato, VP of Service and GM of Pittsburgh Operations at ModCloth, says, "We've been looking at places in Pittsburgh that will allow us to consolidate our office and fulfillment center to one location with enough room to expand. This facility gives us space to grow as our business grows, and it will unite our whole Pittsburgh team under one roof again." The company currently operates its fulfillment center out of Gateway View Plaza in the South Side, and its offices are located in the Strip District.
Maurice Ades, Managing Partner at Rugby Realty, an affiliated entity of the landlord, executed the deal on the space. "ModCloth is such a unique contribution to the business community here in Pittsburgh and I know they're committed to continued growth in this region. I'm looking forward to seeing them continue to expand," says Ades.
The new facility will serve as the hub for customer support and fulfillment, along with other core functions, and house the majority of the ModCloth team, with over 130 people across the office and fulfillment center. The company plans to continue to grow its Pittsburgh team, particularly in technology development.
"We're big believers in Pittsburgh's potential, and excited about expanding our team and impact here, including in the very near term as we prepare for the holiday season. We'll be hiring lots of engineers, as well as team members for our service, customer care, and fulfillment organizations," says CEO Eric Koger.
ModCloth was started by Susan Gregg Koger and Eric Koger, when they were just teenagers, during the summer before entering Carnegie Mellon University in 2002. The company has since grown from Susan's dorm room to a basement in Squirrel Hill to larger and larger spaces, now across three cities. Last year, the company was voted the #2 Fastest Growing Private Company in America and America's Fastest Growing Retailer by Inc. Magazine. They were also named one of Pittsburgh Magazine's "Great Places to Work" in 2010.
Since acquiring Series B funding last summer in a round led by Accel Partners, the company has grown to over 240 employees among its three locations. Always a technology-driven company, ModCloth opened its headquarters in San Francisco in May 2010 to build out its product development and senior executive teams. In the summer of 2010, they opened an LA office to support supply chain operations, allowing the company to take advantage of three distinct talent pools and geographic advantages.
ModCloth.com is an innovative online retailer specializing in independent women's fashion and decor. They've attracted a large, devoted following through engaging promotions on the ModCloth Blog and social networks. Their mission is to democratize the fashion industry and change the way clothing is produced, sold, and even marketed by empowering independent designers, style bloggers, and their own community through programs like Be the Buyer™, (which allows customers to vote items from emerging designers into production).The company is founded by husband and wife team Susan Gregg Koger and Eric Koger.
Alicia Barnes, Public Relations Manager