TUCKER, Ga. (April 28, 2017) – As a wave of major retailers prepares to move into the City of Tucker, two groups are reaping the benefits: shoppers and job hunters.
Sprouts Farmers Market, which opened this week at the new Tucker Meridian shopping center, is a huge operation. To run a grocery store of that magnitude, they say, takes more than 100 people.
“Everybody has been just vital in getting the store up and running,” said Sprouts spokesperson Kalia Pang. “We’re really just happy to have brought 130 new jobs here to Tucker.”
Sprouts’ Meridian neighbor, Hobby Lobby, is preparing to open a 55,000 square-foot store in May. Of the nearly 50 jobs they expect to create here in Tucker, the full-time positions will pay $15.70 per hour, according to the company.
Not all the activity, however, is happening at Tucker Meridian. A redevelopment effort is underway at Tucker Station on Hugh Howell Road, with Goodwill taking over the anchor spot formerly held by Ingles.
“We’re excited to be bringing a Goodwill store to Tucker,” Goodwill’s Director of Public Relations Summer Dunham said. “Our mission is to put people to work, and as part of that we’re thrilled to be bringing 50 new jobs to the Tucker community.”
It’s a trend that City officials say they hope to see continue over the long-term.
“This wave of new jobs is significant in that it has a direct impact on families in our City,” explained Economic Development Director John McHenry. “What we’re seeing is developers and corporations realizing Tucker’s unique combination of location, demographics and a commitment from our community to shop local. I expect to see this trend of smart growth and redevelopment continue for a long time in Tucker, including in the downtown corridor.”
Between now and Memorial Day, four major retailers will open their doors in the City of Tucker, with several small businesses following suit.