FASHION

Fast-fashion giant Shein expanding to downtown Bellevue as U.S. push intensifies

Shein, the Singapore-based e-commerce and fast-fashion giant, will open an office in downtown Bellevue, the company said Wednesday, marking some good news for Bellevue’s uneven office market

The nearly 10,000-square-foot office at Key Center will serve as a hub for Shein’s U.S. fulfillment and logistics operations as the retailer seeks to localize and speed up delivery times for U.S. customers.

One of the fastest-growing fashion retailers in the world, Shein’s Seattle-area office is the latest step in the company’s U.S. expansion. The company, which has drawn criticism for its labor practices, is rumored to be preparing to go public on a U.S. stock exchange.

Shein’s core business is low-cost, on-trend clothing, marketed toward younger shoppers. While primarily an online retailer, Shein has opened pop-up shops in recent years.

The company said it expects 50 employees to work from the new space by the end of this year and is hiring for positions in logistics and distribution. Shein has a growing U.S.-based workforce of more than 1,500 employees, according to the company.

“This expansion underscores our commitment to efficiency across our operations, and we look forward to contributing to the local community and fostering innovation in the heart of the Pacific Northwest,” Andy Huang, Shein’s head of U.S. fulfillment and logistics, said in a statement.

Besides its main hub in Los Angeles, Shein has satellite offices in Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia. It also has warehouses in Indiana and California, as well as third-party-operated warehouses. Outside the U.S., the retailer has key offices in São Paulo, Dublin, Singapore, Paris, London and Guangzhou, China.

Shein has not announced a Seattle warehouse.

The retailer previously came to the area with a four-day pop-up store at Westfield Southcenter Mall in Tukwila in June. According to the company, the event became one of its

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