American Eagle Outfitters determined that it was in its best interest to relocate its headquarters office component, approximately 200,000 square feet, and consolidate an additional 70,000 square feet from Canadian distribution center operation. It also aimed to reclaim existing office space, converting it to distribution use and expand the dock area and trailer staging yard. Topography was challenged by uneven terrain and wetlands. Local zoning issues regarding height restrictions also were a factor. AEO contemplated moving its office component to New York City and its distribution center to Kansas City.
After years of internal and external studies, focus groups and exhaustive studies of the commercial real estate market in the Greater Pittsburgh area, a headquarters location was approved and Agreements of Purchase for a 185,000 SF office building on the adjacent site were submitted
Renovation of the main distribution center and expansion began in the fall of 2006