Macy’s Cited Labor Pool Concerns Before Rejecting KC Area For Shipment Center

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The Olathe Chamber of Commerce CEO said an Olathe, Kan., development parcel had been one of two sites in the final running for a 1.3 million-square-foot Macy’s Inc. direct-to-customer fulfillment center to be staffed by 1,500 year-round employees and another 1,000 seasonal workers.

The Olathe site is near the I-35 Logistics Park, where the Kansas City area’s largest speculative building was recently developed. But Logistics Park KC lies only seven miles south of that site, McKee said, and Macy’s Inc. was fearful that “the intermodal (hub) would suck up all the jobs.” The huge industrial park surrounding the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Corp.’s new intermodal facility in Edgerton is expected to generate 13,000 jobs during the next 10 to 20 years.

McKee, who was speaking during an Olathe Outlook panel discussion, said Macy’s concern was not warranted given the length of time it will take for the intermodal facility and logistics park to reach full build-out.

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