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Opus to Deliver Custom Distribution Hub for Hallmark in Liberty, Miss.

Kansas City-based Hallmark is well-versed in consumer shopping behavior. With the rapid progression of online shopping, the company decided to increase the efficiency of its distribution operations in Liberty, Miss., where they'd already been operating for 50 years. Hallmark chose Opus to develop, design and build the 847,475-square-foot distribution center.

Conveniently located near I-35 and Hwy 69, the new distribution center is one mile from their existing center. The new building will allow Hallmark to expand operations in a community it has been part of for five decades – a win for the company, its employees and Liberty. Hallmark anticipates more than 1,200 full-time employees working between its two facilities and about 150 seasonal part-time employees.

The build-to-suit will increase Hallmark's logistics footprint by 50%, allowing the company to introduce new capabilities and continue to meet the changing needs of its customers.

The building will feature an architectural and glass vestibule entry, office areas, breakrooms, dressing areas and conference rooms. Additionally, it will support Hallmark's business with:

  • 245,560-square-foot structural mezzanine
  • cross-dock warehouse
  • 48 dock doors
  • 2 drive-in doors
  • 40-foot clear height
  • parking for 450 vehicles
  • parking for 150 trucks
  • precast and tilt walls

The facility will be complete in February 2023.

Opus also has plans for two more buildings on the site. Buildings B and C will be a 572,000-square-foot cross-dock building and a 239,000-square-foot rear-load building, which can be customized for a prospective tenant's needs.