Republic Floor has opened a new 85,000-square-foot distribution center in Phoenix, Arizona, boosting its footprint in the southwest. This is the ninth distribution hub the Los Angeles, California-based company opened in North America and the second to open during 2021.

"We normally lease a warehouse, but for Phoenix, we went ahead and bought it because we knew we'll need the whole warehouse for the long run," said Rotem Eylor, founder and CEO of Republic Floor, manufacturer of resilient, hardwood and laminate flooring.

The company has plans to open two more distribution centers this year in an effort to provide next-day delivery to our commercial and domestic clients nationwide.

"We really put our money where our mouth is," Eylor said. "We already bought the Phoenix location. We already bought the distribution center we bought in Northern California at the quarter million square feet at the end of November. That is a quarter million square feet sitting on 20 acres of land. We bought it that big specifically so that can be like a storage facility nationwide for any spillovers and additional inventory we need to keep. We're planning to build another 200,000 square feet warehouse on that location."

In January, the company acquired distributor Hughes Western, based in Salt Lake City, Utah, adding carpet brand and extending Republic's coverage into Utah, Wyoming and Montana. 

"I'm working in a different way where every distribution center I open, I branch out from that distribution center," Eylor said. "So, if I got Hughes Western, I'm going to branch out from that distribution center with one in Boise, Idaho, which is going to open another one in Denver, Colorado—all fed from the same warehouse. It's exponential growth." 

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