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Columbus Connects to Consumers

Some of the world’s most recognizable apparel, lifestyle and home goods brands including Victoria’s Secret, Express, Abercrombie & Fitch, Lane Bryant and DSW, operate alongside top retail-related service providers to drive world-wide innovation from the Columbus Region.

Known as the Test Market of the U.S.A. and ranked No. 4 for a population most resembling that of the country, the Columbus Region is a proven testing ground. Headquarters such as Wendy’s, White Castle and fast-growing Piada, as well as other national chains including McDonald’s, Taco Bell and Chipotle, regularly test new menu items and technology in the Region.

The Region boasts expert store designers and real estate developers, who continue to lead innovation in the industry. Home to store major design firms like Big Red Rooster, which designed Under Armour’s Chicago flagship which won A.R.E.’s 2015 Store of the Year, and real estate development firms like Steiner and Associates, which developed the award-winning indoor-outdoor Columbus shopping complex Easton Town Center, Columbus offers fashion retailers access to top talent in every industry needed to continue business growth.

Headquarters, marketing and research firms, and store design and real estate developers are joined by cutting edge information technology providers, manufacturers and logistics providers to create the Columbus Region’s retail innovation ecosystem.

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  • Ohio is ranked No. 2 for lowest effective tax rate for new distribution centers.

  • Goods and services provided in the Region can reach more of the U.S. and Canada within a day’s drive thanks to the Region’s multi-modal logistics infrastructure.

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