By Sarah Lang
The economic revitalization area for Purity Wholesale Grocers in the Lebanon Business Park has been tentatively extended by a Lebanon City Council vote Monday to incorporate a future 480,000-square-foot building.
The new building needs to be in an economic revitalization area to qualify for a tax abatement. Attorney Kent Frandsen and Purity Vice President of Distribution Jack Carroll were present Monday and said the company would seek the traditional 10-year tax abatement on the new structure.
Purity’s current building was built in 1997 and contains 700,000 square feet, after a 150,000-square-foot addition last year. The current plan, Frandsen said, is for Purity to move out of this building and be the only occupant of the new building, once it is done. Gander Mountain, which already occupies 250,000 square feet of Purity’s building, wants to take the whole space since its operations are expanding.
at a council meeting with Frandsen just a year ago talking about the expansion. Work on the addition started last summer, and the company moved into the added space in November. Now the company is seeking even more room.
“Build it and they will come is kind of what happened with Gander Mountain,” Carroll said.
The new planned building will be five feet taller, which will allow for one more pallet position across the whole building, Carroll said. They are trying to minimize the footprint of the property. Purity owns the 29 acres directly north of its current building, which is where this new structure will go, Frandsen said.
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