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Target Distribution Center Contributes To Growth In Lindale

Eight years after a Target Distribution Center opened its doors in Lindale, the economic impact has spread throughout East Texas. The center, located off I-20, has about 730 employees.  Officials say the jobs have transformed the region and brought millions of dollars to the economy.  

"Retailers and residential construction will come to an area where jobs are being created, so everything is stimulated by job growth and when those jobs were brought in by Target, that caused more residential construction and then more retail," said Tyler Economic Development Council President Tom Mullins.

"Our sales tax collections have reflected the increase this past year as having a very positive effect on our budget," said City of Lindale Manager Jim Cox.

According to an economic group hired by the Tyler Economic Development Council, Lindale's property tax base has grown from nearly $75 million dollars to nearly $250 million in the past eight years. That's a gain of more than 170 million dollars.

Lindale I.S.D.'s property tax base eight years ago was more than $330 million dollars. Last year, it more than doubled to $870 million. The gain equals more than $500 million.  

Mullins says the Distribution Center's 730 jobs have created an economic ripple effect. "Whenever you're bringing new money in, you support growth in the retail sector, the medical sector, the educational sector, it all benefits downstream," said Mullins.

He says in a couple of years, another impact study will be done and he expects those numbers will look even better. The Target Distribution Center serves the company's 120 Texas stores.

Oralia Ortega, Reporting.  ortega@kltv.com

 

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