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01/19/05

Target to Build on Midway Site

Crews are clearing the site. Crews are clearing the site.

Target has zeroed in on another Coastal Empire city, but it's not a new store. Instead, they're building a massive distribution center in the brand new Midcoast Business Center off I-95 in Midway, in Liberty County.

Today, Gov. Sonny Perdue announced Target's intentions, and hundreds of new jobs. The people who live there look at it as a huge opportunity.

Resident Jemma Lester loves living in Midway, but admits it needs help. "We need to build up this place. Midway has nothing, as you can see."

Just down the road, building is underway. Four years ago, Liberty County created the Midcoast Business Center as a tool to lure big business. Their first catch is Target's 1.5 million-square-foot regional distribution center set to open up in 2007.

Lester welcomes her new neighbor. "What this place needs most is to get jobs," she said.

Target has kept its plans under wraps. Now the space is cleared out and 450 jobs are coming to Midway.

"You can't beat that," said Lester. "A lot of people are looking for jobs."

Target officials would only say the project is in the early stages. No word on what stores the distribution center will serve. They usually receive shipments from suppliers, ship out products to Target stores and provide storage space.

Lester hopes Target is just the beginning. "We need it," she said.

Target won't start hiring for the distribution center until spring of 2007. Site work is already underway with construction scheduled for late 2006. Over time, more than 800 jobs total could be created.

Reported by: Don Logana, dlogana@wtoc.com

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