Governor Lee, Commissioner Rolfe Announce Genesco Inc. to Relocate, Expand Headquarters in Nashville

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Monday, February 10, 2020 | 03:30pm

  • Project will create 60 new jobs in Davidson County

  • Company will invest more than $30 million in Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Genesco Inc. officials announced today that the company will expand in Nashville.

Genesco will create 60 new jobs and invest $31 million in Davidson County over the next five years.

Genesco, founded in Nashville in 1924, is a retailer and wholesaler of footwear, apparel and accessories. The company operates under several retail brands including Journeys, Johnston & Murphy, Schuh and sells at wholesale under the Johnston & Murphy and Trask brands and the licensed Levi’s and Dockers brands. Genesco operates approximately 1,490 stores throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, and employs approximately 21,000 employees worldwide.

Genesco will be relocating to 535 Marriott Drive in Nashville, where it is expected to occupy approximately two-thirds of the existing 310,000-square-foot facility. The company’s Davidson County expansion will be complete by 2021.

Since 2015, TNECD has supported 70 projects in Davidson County, resulting in the creation of 22,250 jobs and more than $2 billion in capital investment.

QUOTES

“I want to thank Genesco for choosing to expand in Nashville. Genesco has been a part of Nashville for more than 95 years, and it means a great deal that this company continues to see the benefit of doing business in our state. I appreciate Genesco for expanding its investment in Tennessee and look forward to our ongoing partnership.” – Gov. Bill Lee

“Tennessee’s headquarters sector, specifically in Middle Tennessee, continues to see major growth. Since 2013, headquarters jobs have grown by nearly 40 percent in Tennessee and I appreciate Genesco for continuing this momentum by expanding in Davidson County and creating 60 new jobs in Nashville.” – TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe

“For the past 95 years, Genesco has been a proud partner of the Middle Tennessee community. We look forward to investing in our tremendously talented and dedicated employees, and the community, as we begin our next chapter of growth as a leading footwear-focused company. We would like to thank the State of Tennessee and TVA for their commitment and support with our new headquarters and expansion.” – Mimi E. Vaughn, President and Chief Executive Officer, Genesco Inc.

“TVA and Nashville Electric Service congratulate Genesco on its decision to expand operations in Nashville. It’s always an exciting day when a company is committed to continued growth in the Valley, and we are proud to partner with the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development and the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce to celebrate this announcement.” – John Bradley, TVA Senior Vice President of Economic Development

“This is an exciting day for Genesco. I’m proud to help announce that Genesco will be expanding its operations to create more jobs. We are grateful this company has been a part of Nashville’s economy for decades and look forward to its future success.” – Sen. Steve Dickerson (R-Nashville)

“The news of Genesco Inc. making a $31 million commitment to expand its operations in Nashville, coupled with hiring 60 new employees with high paying jobs, is incredibly exciting news. It is not only a testament to the business-friendly environment our city and state provides but to the quality of life of working, living and playing in Nashville, Tennessee.” – Rep. Darren Jernigan (D-Nashville) 

Genesco Media Contact
Claire McCall, Director of Corporate Relations
(615) 367-8283 office; (615) 308-2483 cell
cmccall@genesco.com

TNECD Media Contact
Jennifer McEachern, Communications Director
(615) 336-2689
jennnifer.mceachern@tn.gov

About Genesco Inc.
Genesco Inc., a Nashville-based specialty retailer, sells footwear and accessories in approximately 1,490 retail stores throughout the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, principally under the names Journeys, Journeys Kidz, Schuh, Schuh Kids, Little Burgundy, Johnston & Murphy, and on internet websites www.journeys.com, www.journeyskidz.com, www.journeys.ca, www.schuh.co.uk, www.littleburgundyshoes.com, www.johnstonmurphy.com, www.johnstonmurphy.ca, www.trask.com, and www.dockersshoes.com.   In addition, Genesco sells wholesale footwear under its Johnston & Murphy brand, the Trask brand, the licensed Dockers brand, the licensed Levi’s brand, the licensed Bass brand, and other brands. For more information on Genesco and its operating divisions, please visit www.genesco.com.

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies that help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. To grow and strengthen Tennessee, the department seeks to attract new corporate investment to the state and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. Find us on the web: tnecd.com. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @tnecd. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/tnecd.