This week, we celebrated a real achievement for our county: the grand opening of the new Macy’s facility in Martinsburg, W.Va. The 1.3 million-square-foot distribution center for Macy’s and its sister retailer Bloomingdale’s is massive — if you haven’t taken a look at it, please do when you are in the vicinity of the Cumbo Yard Industrial Park on Caperton Boulevard.
The Macy’s center will be responsible for fulfilling customer orders for their rapidly growing Internet sales.
The building has been complete for several months now, and Macy’s has been busy hiring hundreds of new employees to staff and begin operating the complex.
During the event, many of our elected officials and Macy’s corporate leaders were on hand to formally christen the new facility and to thank everyone involved in bringing it to fruition.
Many news stories about the Macy’s project have been in the press over the last two years for obvious reasons. This project will have a profound and lasting impact on our economy, not to mention the lives of thousands of people in the region. The company estimates an annual payroll of $30 million and more than 2,000 employees during peak holiday seasons. That’s newsworthy — and certainly cause for celebration.