Waller County will soon be home to a 1.85 million- to 2 million-square-foot Ross Stores Inc. distribution center, said Vince Yokom, executive director of the Waller County Economic Development Partnership.
Site preparation construction is underway, and the facility will be operational in 2021, according to a Waller County press release.
“I really appreciate how accommodating Ross has been through this process,” Yokom said. “They are showing that they really care about their presence within the community.”
The deal, which was in the works for over one year, was negotiated by Waller County and the Waller County Road Improvements District, Yokom said.
“Outstanding accomplishment for Waller County,” said Waller County Judge Trey Duhon in a Facebook post on Nov. 8. “Bigger than Amazon. This project not only brings jobs, but it will broaden our tax base and continues to relieve the pressure on our residential taxpayers.”
In addition to jobs and potential growth of the tax base, Yokom said the distribution center is driving new roads and road improvements in the area, which will, in turn, generate more activity.
Ross officials are engaged in a road reimbursement deal with the district to work on the completion of Kingsland Boulevard between Jordan Ranch and Woods roads, according to the release.
The new distribution center will be located in Brookshire, about 1.5 miles south of I-10 off Woods Road Distribution Center, he said.
“This was a great team effort between the district and the county,” Duhon said in the release. “We couldn’t have done it without their support for incentives and for literally paving the way for new roads in the area.”
More improvements will be made to Woods Road to aid with new truck traffic, per the release, but details have yet to be finalized.