Starbucks distribution set to open by July 1


By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post

Starbucks will open its distribution center on July 1 in the Park 840 industrial development where it is now under construction.

That was the word Thursday at the Joint Economic & Community Development Board of Wilson County meeting.

JECDB Executive Director G.C. Hixson reiterated that the six-year tax abatement for the company, provided that they create 150 new jobs over a three-year period, was approved by both the Lebanon City Council and the Wilson County Commission.

We will get more than our money back with jobs, he said.

Besides the guaranteed 150 new jobs, there is also the possibility of temporary and seasonal jobs. However, for tax abatement purposes they stuck to conservative numbers.

Hixson said that there is a pad ready on-site and that they will soon begin pouring concrete walls for the 688,000-square-foot warehouse development. The company is hoping to be up and running between the end of June and July 1.

The JECDB is also working with the company to get a Tennessee Department of Transportation Industrial Access Grant which aids with funds to facilitate industrial highways to provide access to and expansion of industrial areas.