Burlington will open eight more stores in Puerto Rico

In these times, few companies have such a bold expansion plan in the US and Puerto Rico as that of the Burlington chain, whose goal in the coming years is to acquire more than twice the sites they have now.

There are currently 866 Burlingtons in 46 states and Puerto Rico, and the company plans to increase that number to about 2,000 stores. His previous goal was to reach 1000 institutions, and as he came close to meeting him, he doubled it. On this occasion, he hopes to achieve this as well, although he will do so by opening smaller premises than the ones he once owned.

Puerto Rico has 12 Burlingtons and in the coming months they will open at least eight more places. This increases by 66%, and there may be additional slots.

Among the new Burlington They include the Rexville Town Center in Bayamón and Yauco Plaza and the Western Plaza Shopping Center in Mayagüez. The three stores will occupy part of the spaces vacated by Kmart, which have remained closed and without tenants since the mega chain left.

Burlington will not occupy all of these Kmart spaces, but only a portion of them, which can range from approximately 25,000 to 40,000 square feet. The square kilometer was previously over 100,000 square feet each.

Also on the agenda are the Burlingtons in Plaza Vega Baja, Plaza Palma Real in Humacao and Plaza Guaynabo. This opening will be in November, before the Christmas season begins.

The Plaza Guaynabo store is approximately 40,000 square feet and will be adjacent to local Me Salvé and Capri stores.

The company has already started the process of recruiting administrative staff for these three locations. In the job offer, they state that employees enjoy discounts on chain-of-goods purchases, medical, dental and vision coverage, life insurance, and a 401k plan, among other benefits.

Along the same lines, You need to hire employees for other positions, including store managers, assistant managers, overnight operations managers, sales area supervisors, customer service supervisors, and receiving area supervisors.

Non-exempt employees – whether they work full-time or part-time – Starts at $8.50 per hour. Even part-time employees are entitled to a benefits plan, depending on the number of hours they work.

Other Burlingtons on the agenda to open in Puerto Rico are Ponce Town Center and Céntrico in Guayama. In the latter, an additional 60 stands will be created in front of the new store.

According to the chain’s plan, the new stores could contain between 20,000 and 30,000 square feet — although the space in Puerto Rico could be somewhat larger — and seek to establish them in middle-class areas, with good traffic and close to other businesses.

In addition to the new sites mentioned above, The company does not exclude the opening of more establishments, even in the municipalities where it is already located, due to the good sales that the chain has seen.

At the end of fiscal year 2021 – which ended on January 29, 2022 – Burlington reported revenue of $9.3 billion. This is an increase of 28% over the previous year and 15% compared to same-store sales in fiscal year 2020.

The company, which belongs to a group of the 500 most powerful companies in the United States compiled by Fortune magazine, has a workforce of more than 62,300 employees. Of those, 74% are female and 77% are non-white, according to the latest Corporate Social Responsibility report, released Monday.

In fact, The company is committed to increasing diversity in its management team, as well as in the positions of vice presidents and above. This, as part of the Corporate Social Responsibility report and the goals it has set for itself by 2030.

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