LIDS Sports Group, along with our parent company Genesco, Inc., is proud to announce we will continue to call Central Indiana home. After careful consideration and a thorough search process, we have made the decision to move and expand our corporate headquarters to a brand new 150,000 square foot building in Zionsville, just minutes north of our current headquarters. We will also be combining our warehouse and production functions on 76th street and expand our operations to over 600,000 square feet.
Hat World, Inc., has been an Indiana based company since we opened our first Hat World store in Lafayette in 1995. In 2001, Hat World Inc. acquired its larger competitor LIDS and made the decision to remain an Indiana based company due to its central location and friendly business climate. Over the years, LIDS has become one of the largest sports licensed merchandise retail chains in North America with over 1,100 locations throughout the US and Canada. We are a key partner with every major sports league and recently aligned with a major department store that expands our Locker Room concept stores across the country.
By relocating our headquarters to Zionsville we will be able to continue our growth across the country as well as internationally without disrupting the lives of our current employees. After careful consideration and with the help of local and state officials were able to find a very suitable location only minutes from our current offices.
Our expanded warehouse will service all current and future North American stores as well as the large number of ecommerce orders we ship around the world every day through LIDS.com and other affiliated websites. Along with the evolution of e-commerce, LIDS Sports Group has positioned itself as a leading Omni-channel retailer that serves sports fans and sports fashion consumers everywhere. Being located in Indianapolis provides world class logistics that allow us to move product efficiently to anywhere in the world.
This expansion also provides the perfect setting to grow one of newer divisions, LIDS Team Sports. In a short amount of time, we have become one of the nation’s largest suppliers of uniforms, apparel and equipment to high school and college athletic programs. The production you see from LTS outfits players across virtually every sport.
We would like to thank Governor Pence, Mayor Ballard and Town Council President Papa for working so closely with us to ensure our employees can continue to call Indiana home and put our company in a position to attract the best and brightest employees for the future. Like them, we believe in Indiana, the state that works.