Container Store Coming to Christiana Fashion Center

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Container Store in suburban Chicago.
Container Store in suburban Chicago.

The Container Store will open a location this fall at 2200 Fashion Center Blvd, Space 101 in the Christiana Fashion Center.

The store will join Nordstrom Rack and outdoor retailer REI at the outdoor power  center next to the mall.

The Container Store website listed the site as opening in the fall.

The Container Store had long been rumored as a tenant at the center that is being built by Allied Retail Properties, which also owns Concord Mall in north Wilmington. Construction is under way after a long period of site preparation.

A map on the Allied website also lists a Whole Food store, a Revolutions Entertainment site, Bed Bath and Beyond, a Saks outlet  and a DSW shoe store at the center. The map, dating from 2013, listed 24,000 square feet to be occupied by the  Container Store.

Bed, Bath and Beyond and DSW, are already located in Christiana Town Center, also owned by Allied. Revolutions is a bowling and entertainment complex. No announcements have been made on any new stores other than Nordstrom Rack, REI and now Container Store.

The Texas-based Container Store is well known for its large variety of containers and its reputation as a higher-paying retail employer. The nearest Container stores are in Cherry Hill, NJ and King of Prussia, PA.

Like REI and Costco, The Container Store is known for bigger paychecks and benefits, a rarity in retailing.

Employment job boards indicated the Container Store will begin to hire is management team for the store later this spring.

The Container Store, like Newark-based W.L. Gore and Associates,  has been listed in as one of the 100 top workplaces in a list published by Fortune Magazine.

According to the GlassDoor website, salaries for part-time employs run more than $13 an hour, compared to  $10.40 hourly rate at Macy’s in the mall. Full-time employees can make $50,000  a year.

The Container Store is the only retailer solely devoted to the storage and organization category of retailing.

The retailer has 70 store locations nationwide that each average 25,000 square feet and carry 10,000 products.

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