Pier One Imports is bringing 175 new jobs to Grove City, and the city is offering the company incentives for the project.
On Monday, July 7, Grove City Council approved an ordinance authorizing City Administrator Chuck Boso to enter into a jobs development and incentive agreement with Pier One. The ordinance passed as emergency legislation, meaning it goes into effect immediately.
Council voted 4-0 for the agreement. Council President Ted Berry, Councilmen Steve Bennett, Jeff Davis and Councilwoman Laura Lanese voted for the agreement. Councilwoman Maria Klemack-McGraw was absent from the meeting.
"This is part of the idea of bringing in sustainable, quality jobs," Bennett said.
Pier One, which currently leases 527,000 square feet for its main distribution site in Ohio, plans to upgrade 194,000 square feet of space at 5701 N. Meadows Drive for an e-commerce fulfillment center. The project is expected to create 175 new jobs at the site, with an anticipated payroll of $5.4 million. In addition, Pier One is planning on making a capital investment of $5.7 million.
Hiring for these new positions is expected to begin this summer.
According information from Columbus 20/20, a private-public partnership that leverages the region's resources to promote economic growth, this facility will be Pier One's second e-commerce facility, with the other located in Texas. The jobs will include warehouse associate and management positions.
The agreement between the city and company is a payroll tax sharing agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, the city will pay 55 percent of the company's payroll taxes for the first three years and then 50 percent for years four through six. The incentives will take effect once the annual payroll exceeds $2.5 million. The annual payroll amount will only include the payroll of new employees at the new site; current employees at the current site are excluded.
During the term of the agreement, Boso said the city projects it will rebate $304,000 to the company and collect $361,800.
Boso said the company has been in Grove City since 1992 and currently employs about 133.