Tradepoint Atlantic in Baltimore County will house Atlanta flooring firm's new distribution hub

The Baltimore Sun

An Atlanta-based flooring retailer plans to open a 1.5 million-square-foot distribution center at the Tradepoint Atlantic development in Sparrows Point, potentially creating 150 full-time jobs by the end of 2023.

Floor & Decor sells hard surface flooring — hardwood, tiles, vinyl and laminates — through more than 100 retail stores across 28 states. The nearest store to Baltimore is in Gaithersburg.

“Adding a new distribution center in Baltimore County to support our expansion into the Northeast marks another milestone in the growth of Floor & Decor," Brian Robbins, executive vice president of business development strategy at Floor & Decor, said in an announcement from Gov. Larry Hogan’s office.

Once built, the distribution center will be the second-largest in Maryland and one of the Port of Baltimore’s largest customers, according to the announcement.

“It’s a big win for Maryland and the Baltimore region that a growing national company like Floor & Decor is choosing to open a new facility and bring 150 new jobs to Tradepoint Atlantic,” Hogan said in a statement. “Attracting this exciting project to Maryland underscores our commitment to keeping our state open for business and working hard to create new job opportunities for Marylanders.”

The announcement Thursday is the latest for Tradepoint Atlantic, the redevelopment project at the former home of Bethlehem Steel plant in Baltimore County that aspires to bring an estimated 17,000 jobs to the region. The site is already home to distribution centers for Amazon, FedEx and Under Armour.

In December, the Baltimore County Council approved a $78 million assistance package to help build roads and other infrastructure at the former steel mill, which closed in 2012.

Floor & Decor is getting financial assistance for the new distribution center from the state and Baltimore County. The Maryland Department of Commerce approved a $700,000 conditional, economic development loan and the county pledged a $70,000 conditional loan for the company, according to a Thursday news release from the office of the governor.

In addition to receiving state and county economic development loans, Floor & Decor is eligible for tax credits including the state’s Job Creation Tax Credit, Enterprise Zone tax credits and a training grant through the state’s Partnership for Workforce Quality program.

Earlier this week, the County Council unanimously approved resolutions endorsing similar state loans for two other businesses planned for the site. One is $180,000 for Gotham Greens, an urban farming operation, to help build a hydroponic greenhouse. The other is $350,000 for Perdue AgriBusiness, a division of Perdue Farms that plans an organic grain and oilseed processing and transportation facility at Sparrows Point. The county will provide matching loans of $18,000 to Gotham Greens and $35,000 to Perdue.

Baltimore Sun reporters Pamela Wood and Alison Knezevich contributed to this article.

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