Fast-fashion retailer Shein is putting down roots in Canada and the company is looking to fill hundreds of jobs.
In a statement, the company announced that it has opened a new corporate office and distribution center in Markham, Ontario. And the new space is destined to be the main distribution center in the country.
The office and warehouse located at 10 Canfield Drive encompasses 170,000 square feet and the company is looking to hire corporate employees, distribution workers and support staff. His goal is to add about 200 new jobs by the end of next year.
“We are excited to continue to call the Greater Toronto Area home while creating new jobs in the community,” said Vito Zhong, General Manager of Shein Canada. “Our new facility will help us reduce shipping times for Canadian customers and reduce the number of packages in the international shipping stream, meeting two of our key business priorities.”
Shein doesn’t just have her sights set on Canada.
The company, which was founded in China in 2012, is in the midst of expanding into North America and recently opened a warehouse in Whitestown, Indiana. Shein plans to fill 1,000 jobs by the end of 2022 and another 1,400 by the end of 2025.
The company is known for its affordable fashion, beauty and lifestyle products and is worth $1 billion, more than H&M and Zara combined, according to a report by Bloomberg.
Despite its rise on the fashion scene, the company is heavily criticized for a variety of issues, including its employment practices.
A recent undercover investigation by Britain’s Channel 4 reveals sweatshop-like conditions at a Shein supplier factory in China.