New Albany News

Zarley Industrial Park

JD Equipment facility to open in June


JD Equipment broke ground Jan. 28 on a 17,000-square-foot facility in the Zarley Industrial Park in New Albany.

"Mid-June to the end of June is the target date for it to be open," said Allie Wing, the company's marketing manager.

The new facility will be on 2.5 acres at 5740 Zarley St. Its previous location was 4075 Westerville Road near Easton.

The store will sell equipment and power tools made by John Deere, Generac, Honda, Hustler Turf, Scag Power Equipment and STIHL.

The facility also will include a service area, parts department and a corporate training center. The corporate training center will be used by New Albany employees and employees who work at other JD Equipment locations, Wing said.

"The new facility will allow for more space for our current customers and allow us to more effectively serve new customers," JD Equipment CEO Jeff Mitchell said in a press release. "The location, in combination with the lot size, were key factors in the decision to move. We will be able to improve customer service and increase our selection of inventory."

JD Equipment was founded in Plain City in 1982 and sells equipment used for agriculture, lawn and garden work and light construction projects. The company has eight locations and 300 employees in central Ohio, according to the press release.

The New Albany Planning Commission last May approved a conditional-use permit for the project. Commission members voted 3-0, with Brad Shockey, the real-estate agent selling the property, abstaining.

Planning commission members talked about traffic at Johnstown Road and Zarley Street, which accesses the park.

Zarley Street is just north of the Route 161 interchange at Johnstown Road, which at one time had the city's highest number of automobile accidents annually.

In 2010, the city prohibited left turns at the intersection between 3:30 and 6:30 p.m., which has reduced the number of accidents there, according to the New Albany police.

The new business did not require any further improvements, city officials said.