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Darrell Cavens will remain CEO of Zulily following the acquisition by QVC.
Darrell Cavens, Zulily CEO and co-founder.

Seattle-based Zulily, the online retailer for moms and kids, is expanding its presence in the Columbus, Ohio, area, with plans to add 40 staff members. The openings are in customer service, supply chain, merchandising, accounts payable, studio and human resource teams.

Zulily’s office and distribution center in the Columbus suburbs of Gahanna and Obetz currently employ more than 1,250 people. The company’s Gahanna office is moving into a larger location following two years of steady job growth: 22 percent in 2014 and 28 percent since the start of 2015.

“Our cross section between technology and retail creates an incredibly unique set of hiring opportunities,” said Zulily CEO and co-founder Darrell Cavens in a statement. “We believe that the Columbus area has been and will continue to be well-positioned to provide a highly talented workforce to fill the positions being created in the coming years.”

Zulily opened its first Ohio facility in 2011. After a successful IPO in 2013, the company sold to TV broadcasting company QVC for $2.4 billion a year ago after seeing a steady decline in its stock price.

Zulily was founded in Seattle in 2009, and now has satellite offices in Pennsylvania, Nevada, and Ohio. In QVC’s most recent quarterly earnings, Zulily saw its revenue grow year-over-year by 23 percent to $366 million.

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