New retail development creates 108 jobs in Taylor

New commercial development along the Eureka Road corridor will create 108 new jobs in the City of Taylor.

The shops, which are located in an outlot of the Meijer store on the northwest corner of Eureka and Pardee roads, are expected to begin opening this month.

They include Cold Stone Creamery, Jimmy John’s, Starbucks, Regis Hair Salon, Cingular Wireless, Family Christian Book Store and Better Health.

Frederick Zorn Jr., executive director of the Office of Economic and Development Services in Taylor, said the new development is owned by Taylor Ventures LLC. The developer is Northstar Realty of Columbus, Ohio.

Zorn said the development creates 43 full-time jobs and 65 part-time jobs, plus retains eight full-time and nine part-time positions. Salaries of full-time employees, not including managers, will be $22,000 to $45,000 annually. Management salaries will range from $28,000 to $60,000.

Zorn said the investment in the development exceeds $3.3 million. Square footage of the retail space is 16,810.

Upon completion, the new development will contribute more than $120,000 in taxes to the city, Zorn said.

“This is a retail center with lifestyle merchants,” Zorn said. “We’re excited that the building is 100-percent occupied and that these are national retailers – most of which don’t have a presence in Taylor at this time.”

Zorn complimented the builder, saying the high-quality design concept will fit in well on Eureka Road. The retail center will include a courtyard with paving bricks and benches.

Thomas Brigdon, a managing member of Northstar Realty, said his firm has been working toward developing the site for four years.

“We think it’s a great location with the many things going on in the City of Taylor, the proximity to Southland Mall and the proximity,” Brigdon said. “The city has been very good to work with.”