Clothing retailer Ascena plans Indiana expansion

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A national retailer of women's and girls clothing is planning a $34 million expansion that could bring more than 240 new jobs to west-central Indiana by 2018.

Ascena Retail Group said Thursday it will invest primarily in new equipment and systems to turn its Greencastle complex into its primary e-commerce distribution site.

The Suffern, N.Y.-based company will spend another $3 million to add 40,000 square feet to its existing 794,000 square-foot Greencastle facility. That center 40 miles west of Indianapolis was built in 1954 and purchased by Charming Shoppes in 1987. Ascena acquired Charming Shoppes Inc. in June.

Ascena plans to begin hiring new distribution, warehouse and management workers this fall and hopes to add up to 242 new jobs within six years. The company currently employs 185 in Greencastle.

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