Commerce is finally getting a major business in the 962,000-square-foot “Rooker” building in the Commerce 85 Business Park.
Gov. Nathan Deal announced Tuesday that Ollie’s will locate its new Southeast Distribution Center in Commerce, which will create approximately 175 new jobs and an investment of $14.56 million over the next five years.
The Ollie’s facility will support the company’s plans to expand its footprint in the Southeast. As part of this growth plan, the company anticipates adding 30-40 stores in Georgia over a four-year period beginning in 2014. The first Ollie’s store was founded in Mechanicsburg, PA, in 1982 and has grown to become one of America’s largest retailers of closeouts, excess inventory, and salvage merchandise, with 154 stores in 14 states.
The 962,000-square-foot distribution center, located just off I-85 and GA Highway 98, will be located in the 450‐acre Commerce 85 Business Park. The distribution facility will support Ollie’s retail expansion into Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Tennessee.
”We are delighted to expand our distribution operations into Commerce, GA,” said Ollie’s executive vice president and chief financial officer John Swygert. “Commerce is an ideal location for our business and Jackson County has received us with open arms. We look forward to bringing new jobs and opportunities to the area.”
The Commerce 85 Business Park was developed as a joint venture between the city of Commerce, the Jackson County Industrial Development Authority and developer Jack Rooker. Annie Baxter and David Dunagan handled the Ollie’s project on behalf of the Georgia Department of Economic Development.
The building — the only building in the park — has been vacant since it was completed six years ago.
“We are excited about the expansion of Ollie’s into the Southeast,” said Commerce Mayor Clark Hill. “The entire council and I are especially proud that they have chosen Commerce and Jackson County for their distribution hub. The City of Commerce looks forward to Ollie’s growth and prosperity in our community.”
“We are very excited Ollie’s has chosen Commerce and Jackson County,” said Jackson County Board of Commissioners chairman Tom Crow. “They will be a great addition to our business community. This announcement now gives us strong industrial parks at all of Jackson County’s exits along the I‐85 corridor.”
“Georgia’s number one business climate, which includes a top‐ranked talent pool and a world‐class transportation network, is gaining the attention of progressive retailers such as Ollie’s,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development commissioner Chris Carr. “Ollie’s decision to locate to Georgia underscores how important such assets are for companies who are seeking to establish new locations to serve their customers.”
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