Spreetail entrance

Lincoln e-commerce company Spreetail is expanding into more space at Nebraska Innovation Campus and also is planning to open an office in Omaha later this year.

A Lincoln-based e-commerce company is branching out even as it plans to expand in its home city.

Spreetail CEO Brett Thome said Thursday that the company plans to open an office in Omaha later this year that will employ about 100 people.

Thome said the office, which will be located in the same building as Firespring, another Lincoln-based company, will be an extension of its Lincoln operation.

"We had a lot of people applying from Omaha," he said, so instead of hiring people and asking them to commute from Omaha to Lincoln, Thome said bringing the company to them was "the logical step."

He said the the Omaha office will be about 15,000 square feet. It will be located in a building at 1515 S. 75th St. in Aksarben Village. Firespring, a marketing company, has had an office there for nearly two years.

Thome said Spreetail looked at several properties in Omaha before the Firespring building came up on its radar.

"Once we realized they had a space available, we started exploring how we could make that work," he said.

Thome said Spreetail will locate the same functions in its Omaha office that it has in Lincoln: business development, software engineering and human resources functions.

Even with the opening of the Omaha space, the rapidly growing company that sells product on its own website and through eBay still needs more space in Lincoln.

Later this spring, it is planning to expand into new space at Innovation Campus, where its company offices are based.

Thome said it is basically doubling the amount of space the company has. Spreetail has grown from fewer than 150 employees when it moved to Innovation Campus in 2016 to more than 250 company-wide now. And it is projecting that it will hit double that number in the next couple of years.

The company also continues to grow its distribution footprint, with plans to open a new distribution facility later this month in Savannah, Georgia. That will be the company's fifth distribution site.

Spreetail hit a milestone of $250 million in revenue last year, and its ultimate goal is to get to $1 billion.

Thome said the e-commerce industry grew 15 percent overall and the future continues to look bright.

"We're liking most trends we see out there," he said.

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Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.

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