Lexington County Council Tuesday gave final approval to a measure that clears the way for a beverage company to build a huge warehouse on an 85-acre site in Saxe Gotha Industrial Park.
Council gave unanimous approval to a $3.6 million property sale and tax breaks that clears the way for Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits plan to move its South Carolina warehouse from Richland County to Lexington County.
“It’s absolutely thrilling,” Council Chairwoman Beth Carrigg told The Chronicle after the March 14 meeting. “It’s a wonderful group of people.”
Carrigg said she had a pleasant experience speaking with the owners of the beverage company. She said she expects the company to hire a large number of employees.
Contacted by the Chronicle, Southern Glazer’s Senior Communications Officer Lee Schrager confirmed reports that the company is contemplating the move.
“We are in the process of buying a parcel of land to build our future warehouse that will replace our current one,” Schrager said. “We will service the entire state from the warehouse. The Design build will take 2 to 3 years to complete.”
The Richland County site currently has around 500 employees, but officials say it’s not big enough to accommodate future growth.
Gov. Henry McMaster issued a statement on the project:
“Congratulations to Southern Glazer’s on relocating to a larger facility in South Carolina. We are proud they have found success in South Carolina and are building upon their momentum with a new distribution center.”
McMaster’s office also released a statement from Southern Glazer’s S.C. General Manager Steve Baker.
“This investment will result in a truly world-class facility that is designed to continue to grow with our business over the long-term. In addition to industry-leading distribution capabilities to serve our valued customers and suppliers, the facility will feature updated offices and amenities that make it an even greater place for our employees to work. Kudos to our South Carolina real estate and leadership teams for collaborating with state, county and local stakeholders to make this great project a reality.”