Cheryl's will bake up more treats in Westerville
Westerville's largest bakery will expand to produce more cookies, brownies and sweet treats.
Cheryl's Cookies has planned a $4.2-million, 42,000-square-foot addition to its corporate headquarters at 646 McCorkle Blvd.
Westerville City Council unanimously approved a 100-percent property tax abatement Oct. 1 with a 35-percent payment in lieu of taxes for 12 years for the expanded property.
Under the 12-year agreement, the city will collect an estimated $44,000 annually, $41,600 of which will go to the Westerville City School District, said Westerville Economic Development Administrator Jason Bechtold.
Cheryl's parent company, 1-800-FLOWERS, plans to begin construction on the addition by the end of this month, Bechtold said. The expansion is planned to come in three stages over the next five years.
The first phase of the expansion will total 34,801 square feet to create new warehouse and production space, and a new employee entrance.
Future phases will add offices and a small retail store.
With the expansion, the company plans to add 92 full-time and 89 seasonal jobs, with a payroll of $6.7 million.
Once the expansion is completed, Cheryl's is expected to have a total of 252 full-time and 251 seasonal jobs in Westerville.
Cheryl's also received a job-creation tax credit from the state for expanding in Westerville, Bechtold said. Company leaders were considering relocating the production facility to Illinois or Mexico.
Westerville City Council members said they were glad the company chose to remain in the city.
"I think this is a very exciting expansion in Westerville," Councilwoman Diane Fosselman said.