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Gov. Tomblin expected to attend groundbreaking for Macy's Internet-service center

March 17, 2011|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and a host of community leaders are expected to join Macy's executives for an April 15 groundbreaking ceremony for the retail giant's sprawling Internet-service center in Berkeley County, officials announced Thursday.

Macy's plans to build a 1,399,375-square-foot distribution center complete with parking on about 92 acres in Cumbo Yard Industrial Park. The county approved the project last month.

All of the earth work is expected to be completed within two to three months, and Macy's expects to have the building substantially under roof by October as part of a "very aggressive" construction schedule, Berkeley County Development Authority Executive Director Stephen Christian said Thursday.

"I have never seen anything like it," Christian said in an email.

He said the construction work alone would employ more than 2,000 people, with as many as 800 on-site at any given time.

"We expect the local economy to get a big boost from this huge construction project," Christian said

Macy's plans to have the facility fully operational by May 2012, employing about 1,200 people full-time and another 700 to meet peak seasonal demands.

The facility is to be on the north side of Caperton Boulevard about 1,700 feet east of the intersection of Caperton Boulevard and Harlan Springs Road, which is off W.Va. 9 west of Martinsburg's north end.

Christian Thursday estimated that the development authority sold the acreage to Macy's for about $4.05 million. He said he did not have immediate access to the final real estate closing documents.

The acreage includes about 8 acres adjoining Cumbo Yard that CSX Transportation agreed to sell to the development authority for the project. The two parcels were then combined and sold to Macy's, Christian said.

Deeds for the land transfer and water line easement were recorded March 1 in Berkeley County Clerk John W. Small Jr.'s office, records show.

The new fulfillment center is being built to service Macy's Internet-based customers.

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