Growth prompted Gabe’s to make biggest investment in Springfield


His closet retail store in Springfield is on North Fairfield in Beavercreek.

The retailer was founded by James and Arthur Gabriel, whose father ZG sold merchandise in the coal towns on the back of a green paneled truck he had outfitted with shelves and drawers.

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Despite the 1980s and 1990s, the retailer expanded its presence and added stores in several states. The stores were originally marketed as Gabriel Brothers and were rebranded as Gabe’s when the company became a new owner in 2005, according to the company.

Since opening its first store in 1961 in West Virginia, the company has grown to include 120 stores in 13 states. Gabe’s new distribution facility will support these stores.

The facility will be located at 1801 Prime Parkway in the Prime Ohio II Industrial Park in Springfield, which was completed in 2014 to aid local development efforts in the area.

It will be the first of its kind in the industrial park. The distribution center is currently under construction and is expected to be operational around the same time next year.

The Springfield project is also expected to create more than 1,000 jobs in the area over the next five years and help the company grow.

The company plans to create the equivalent of 833 full-time equivalent jobs in the Springfield area. This represents over 700 full-time jobs and over 300 part-time jobs. The jobs created through the distribution center are expected to generate up to $ 27.8 million in new annual payroll.


Jason Mazzola, President and CEO of Gabe’s, speaks at a dedication ceremony for Gabe’s $ 77.5 million distribution center in Springfield. BILL LACKEY / STAFF

Credit: Bill Lackey

Credit: Bill Lackey

“At the moment, if we don’t open this (distribution center), we won’t be able to open any more stores after 2022. It gives us a lead to the next 120 stores. This is the evolution of our business and we are delighted to be here, ”said Jason Mazzola, President and CEO of Gabe.

Gabe’s has 20 retail stores in Ohio, a presence that played a role in the chain in choosing Springfield as the location for its new distribution center.

Gabe’s also has offices in West Virginia, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

The Springfield distribution center will be the company’s first in Ohio and is larger than its other five distribution centers combined, Mazzola said.

Gabe’s marketing director Leigh Guldig said they chose Springfield because of a number of factors. This included the location’s proximity to stores in Ohio and neighboring states, as well as the fact that the site was off Interstate 70 and there was a large job market in the area. region.

Positions that will need to be filled include material handlers, packers, sorters, equipment operators, truck drivers, counters, maintenance, administration, supervisors and managers. The retailer is expected to start hiring early next year.

The project also received national and local economic incentives. The Ohio Tax Credit Authority last month approved a 10-year 1.488% job creation tax credit for the Gabe project.

The City of Springfield has approved two deals with Gabe’s, including a 100% tax abatement for 15 years on the property. The same deal was approved by the local Clark-Shawnee school board in August.

Work continues on site preparation for the new Gabe distribution center.  BILL LACKEY / STAFF

Work continues on site preparation for the new Gabe distribution center. BILL LACKEY / STAFF

Credit: Bill Lackey

Credit: Bill Lackey

Springfield City Commissioners have also improved an employment incentive deal with Gabe’s that will provide a 30% annual return to the company based on the income tax generated from new jobs created in the establishment each year over a period of five years.

As well as being the springboard for the future growth of Gabe’s portfolio, the distribution center is also viewed by local Clark County leaders as the result of years of working to attract investment, businesses and jobs.

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Mike McDorman, president and CEO of the Greater Springfield Partnership, called the project a key step in community revival and said it was another “catalyst to help us build a county. dynamics of Springfield and Clark “.

“Our community had stopped dreaming big for a long time. The city had declined for several decades due to the loss of around ten thousand manufacturing jobs, and it was difficult for many rulers to see a way forward. Our community needed a new vision to help it move forward, ”McDorman said in a column submitted to this news organization.

“The good news is that over twenty years later the community is starting to believe again and is working closely together on kinds of dream initiatives that are helping us move forward. With this latest announcement, along with the attraction of companies like Topre and Silfex, and the growth of some of our existing businesses, we have recouped the jobs lost for several decades and are in a unique position to grow again ” , he added.

Gabe’s had been looking to build a new facility for 18 months and had been in talks with Springfield and Clark County officials since May.

A Gabe affiliate paid $ 4.7 million for 114 acres in the industrial park. The business has enough space to expand to 1.3 million square feet based on future business needs.

“Operationally, it was important to invest in a distribution center to support the growth of our store and our merchandising efforts, so that we could continue to deliver fast turnaround products to our customers,” said Guldig in an email to this news agency.

In numbers :

833 – Number or equivalent of full-time jobs to be created by Gabe’s in Springfield thanks to its new distribution center

$ 27.8 million – Estimated annual payroll as a result of Gabe’s Springfield project

870,000 – Number of square feet of distribution center planned in Springfield

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