Tomball City Council approved a Tomball Economic Development Corp. agreement with Macy’s Inc. on Feb. 7 for the company to relocate its distribution center to the Lovett Industrial development at the Grand Parkway and Rocky Road in southern Tomball. The company currently operates out of a facility in the city of Houston but will move to a proposed 900,000-square-foot distribution center within Tomball city limits.

“We are thrilled to welcome such an iconic company to Tomball. Macy’s decision to bring its local fulfillment and distribution operations here is a testament to Tomball’s strategic advantages,” TEDC Executive Director Kelly Violette said in a Feb. 7 news release from the TEDC. “This project will be a major economic catalyst in terms of jobs and capital investment.”

Lovett Industrial is developing the 240-acre site just west of Hwy. 249, which will include approximately 3.3 million square feet of distribution and light industrial space and create about 1,300 jobs, Community Impact Newspaper previously reported. At the meeting Feb. 7, Violette said Macy’s will be bringing more than 100 employees to the new center.

Construction on the facility is expected to begin in March 2022 and be completed by mid-2023, the release said. Macy’s also plans to hire additional employees once it moves into the new fulfillment center, according to the release.

“We are excited about relocating to Tomball and our continued investment in the Houston area. This new facility will have the capacity to support our business growth as a premier digitally led omnichannel retailer serving our growing base of valued customers,” said Dennis Mullahy, Macy’s Inc. chief supply chain officer, in the release. “We look forward to welcoming our colleagues into the new fulfillment center in 2023 and bringing new job opportunities to the community.”

Clarion Partners, a real estate investment manager with offices across the U.S. and Europe, will also be developing the site with Lovett Industrial, the release said.

“Lovett Industrial and Clarion Partners’ development adds another prominent option in Tomball for businesses looking to expand their operations,” Violette said in the release. “Tomball has become a premier destination for industrial and commercial development, and this project ensures we will remain that way.”