One of Groveport's largest employers is expanding its distribution presence, with plans to invest approximately $100 million and create an additional 600 jobs by the end of 2022.

The Gap Inc. currently employs 1,508 people at its nearly 1-million-square-foot warehouse at 6001 Green Pointe Drive South and will add a new building, machinery and equipment to serve its growing online business.

"We will be expanding the existing facility by 420,000 square feet," Gap spokeswoman Annie Carone said.

"The roof line will be raised, allowing for a 40-foot, floor-to-ceiling clearance. This is to accommodate our automated storage-and-retrieval-system-solution while also providing the clearance necessary to stack our unit sorters."

Hiring for merchandise handlers and management positions will begin in the first and second quarters of 2020, Carone said.

"For nearly two decades, the Columbus region has offered us a strong talent pool and high quality of life for our employees," Shawn Curran, the company's executive vice president of global supply chain and product operations, said in a news release. "As we continue to elevate our logistics network to meet our growing online sales, we look forward to expanding our presence in the community."

The Ohio Tax Credit Authority approved a 1.485 percent, 10-year tax credit to GPS Consumer Direct Inc./GPS Services Inc. and The Gap Inc., which is valued at $2.7 million if The Gap meets all goals. It was among four local projects and seven statewide to get Ohio Tax Credit Authority approval.

Company officials said the Columbus region has been part of the Gap Inc.'s global operations for nearly 20 years.

"Gap Inc. is an important employer for the Groveport community, and we're thrilled that the company's global success will bring 600 new jobs to the region," Groveport Assistant City Manager and Finance Director Jeff Green said.

"Groveport provides the right business environment and talent pool to assist in the company's continued growth."

Green said he hasn't had an opportunity to look at payroll numbers and calculate the local impact, but added "it's going to be significant."

The new jobs are estimated to bring $20 million in payroll on top of the $57.1 million payroll for the existing jobs.

"We're glad to see them invest in our great city," Groveport City Council President Shawn Cleary said. "The city enjoys working with them and they're a great partner. Besides the jobs at The Gap, let's not forget the work this is creating for construction."

Created in 1969, Gap Inc.'s products are available in more than 90 countries worldwide. The company offers customers a range of brands, including Old Navy, Gap, Banana Republic, Athleta, Hill City and Intermix.

The Columbus Dispatch reporter Mark Williams contributed to this story.