Hickman said Tuesday that “billionaires don’t need tax breaks. We don’t need more warehouses. We need to expand the business base.”
In November, Hickman questioned why tax breaks should be given for companies when local taxpayers are being asked to support additional tax levies.
The Kroger Co. will be investing close to $55 million to build a 335,000-square-foot warehouse/distribution center at 6266 Hamilton-Lebanon Road/Ohio 63, and it plans to employ as many as 410 permanent full-time employees, according to the CRA tax abatement application.
Of the $55 million investment, Kroger will be spending $3.7 million in real property improvements, $41.8 million in new construction and $9.5 million in new machinery and equipment. Construction is expected to begin on Sept. 1 with a projected completion by Dec. 31, 2020. Officials said the construction project was subject to securing state and local incentives.
According to CRA application, Kroger said the robotic distribution facility will also include warehousing operations, delivery functions for grocery products, and engineers to support the smart robotic platform.
Kroger anticipates hiring for the newly created jobs to begin in January 2021 and continue incrementally over the following three years, according to the application. The company is projecting an annual payroll of $18.8 million, according to the application.