Mary Kay Expands North Texas Footprint

The cosmetics company is investing $125 million into a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Lewisville.

By Barbra Murray, Contributing Editor

Mary Kay groundbreaking, Lewisville, Texas
Mary Kay groundbreaking, Lewisville, Texas

DallasMary Kay Inc. is not afraid of commitment. The cosmetics company, which started in a Dallas storefront in 1963, has chosen to increase its footprint in North Texas with the groundbreaking on a $125 million, 480,000-square-foot global manufacturing and R&D facility in Lewisville.

The new Lewisville development will sit on a 26-acre site roughly 25 miles north of Dallas, and will mark quite an upgrade over the company’s current global manufacturing site, which opened in Big D in 1969. With the assistance of commercial real estate services firm CBRE, Mary Kay scrutinized a bevy of potential North Texas cities for its cutting-edge facility before settling on Lewisville in Denton County last fall. It was a tall order and Lewisville filled it, offering the right mix of desirability and proximity to the company’s other local addresses. “As a recreational and business hub of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, Lewisville is a perfect fit with an iconic hometown brand such as Mary Kay,” Lewisville Mayor Rudy Durham said in a prepared statement.

Jacobs Engineering is behind the design of Mary Kay’s new state-of-the-art manufacturing building, which, if the company’s global headquarters in Addison is any indication, will feature a host of amenities. The makeup manufacturer’s corporate home base is housed in a landmark, 600,000-square-foot structure providing 1,200 employees such extras as a full-service restaurant, a health clinic and The Mary Kay Museum.

With Beck Construction onboard as general contractor, Mary Kay expects to debut the Lewisville facility in the first quarter of 2018. “We are committed to the latest in technological innovation and Mary Kay’s new manufacturing and R&D operations will be on the leading edge of design and production,” David Holl, president & CEO for Mary Kay Inc., said in prepared remarks.