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HomeGoods withdraws from deal that would have brought big distribution center to Lordstown

Posted at 3:39 PM, Apr 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-20 15:39:00-04

HomeGoods announced on Friday it will withdraw its zoning application for a 1.2 million-square-foot facility in Lordstown—a community already reeling after the General Motors plant announced it would move to a one-shift schedule in June, potentially impacting the jobs of over 1,500 workers.

HomeGoods, which is owned by the same company that owns TJ Maxx, signed a purchase and sale agreement for roughly 300 acres of land across from the GM plant in early March. The plan would have brought a distribution center to the land by 2020.

But the deal was welcomed with some pushback. Residents who live in a neighborhood that butts up against the proposed location were concerned their property values would be devalued.

Because nearby residents were upset about the proposed plan, HomeGoods ultimately withdrew its application.

Mayor Arno Hill said he is disappointed but will continue to fight.

HomeGoods released the following statement to News 5:

“We have appreciated hearing from the Lordstown community over the past month and understand that a group of neighboring residents continue to have concerns about our HomeGoods distribution center project. At HomeGoods, having a strong relationship with our communities is important to us and a core part of who we are and how we do business. Given this, we are respectfully withdrawing our zoning application from the Lordstown Planning Board and are reconsidering our options for this distribution center project. We want to offer our most sincere thanks to the entire Lordstown community, especially those who provided their support for our project.”