Some 180 New Jobs On Tap
Kings County officials confirm that a major retail company will be relocating its warehouse and central repair depot operations to Hanford within the next few months. They are starting a recruitment drive to fill approximately 180 positions. The unnamed firm is locating in the vacant 175,000 sf International Paper Corrugated Box Plant in the Kings Industrial Park at 10555 Iona Avenue. Local officials say they cannot release their name.
However,when anyone Googles that address in Hanford – San Jose-based Fry’s Electronics comes up.The company has been rumored by industrial real estate brokers to be interested in a Hanford warehouse, mid-point between their Northern and Southern California retail stores.Hanford would be a logical overnight shipping location for their California stores.
Fry’s is a privately owned top big-box retailer of computers, consumer electronics, and appliances with some 34 stores in about 10 states.The popular store has no Valley locations but a big presence in LA and the Bay Area.On the retail front they compete with Best Buy and WalMart.They had $2 billion in sales in 2011 and 14,000 employees.
Fry’s Electronics, Inc. was founded in 1985 in Sunnyvale, California in a 20,000 square-foot location by the three Fry brothers, John, Randy, and Dave; and Kathy Kolder. Fry’s is a closely-held private company, and all of the founders are actively involved in the daily operation of the business.
Spawned from Silicon Valley’s passion for retail electronics, the store provides a one-stop-shopping environment for the Hi-Tech Professional. Fry’s says they continues to keep hi-tech professionals supplied with products representing the latest technological trends and advances in the personal computer marketplace. Fry’s retails over 50,000 electronic items within each store, now totaling 34. There are currently 8 stores in Northern California, 9 stores in Southern California, 8 stores in Texas, 2 stores in Arizona, 2 stores in Georgia, and 1 store each in Illinois, Indiana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. The stores range in size from 50,000 to over 180,000 square feet. Fry’s also provides customers with added shopping opportunities via its online center at Fry’s.com.