APPLE VALLEY – For a couple of years, rumor has had it that Big Lots was coming to the Town of Apple Valley.
Now the talk is confirmed that Apple Valley will be becoming home to one of only five Big Lots distribution centers in North America. The distribution center will be built just south of the Walmart Distribution Center on Johnson Road and will consist of a 1.3 million-square-foot facility. “The latest project developments are good news for job seekers in the High Desert as the project will serve as a catalyst in attracting continued economic and industrial growth not only to Apple Valley but the entire High Desert,” said Orlando, Acevedo, Assistant Director of Economic Development and Housing, “It’s good to see the project moving forward.”
The new distribution center will bring up to 500 new jobs to the Victor Valley and surrounding areas. The $120 million dollar project investment by Big Lots will include street and infrastructure improvements town officials said. This new addition to Apple Valley will stimulate economic growth within the community as distribution centers have in the past. Big Lots employs over 35,000 associates in the United States in their 1400 stores, located in 47 states. “Apple Valley is ripe to capture Southern California’s next wave of economic growth,” said Apple Valley Mayor, Scott Nassif. “We offer a cost-competitive alternative to the rising costs and shrinking space for large scale industrial projects in the Inland Empire, which is one of the nation’s hottest industrial markets.”
Transportation will be convenient for those using public transportation with the new #42 but the route, which service began on August 13th. “We are excited to see another transportation option for our residents,” said Councilwoman Barb Stanton. “This new route will provide students and workers from across the high desert the opportunity to work and continue their education right here in Apple Valley.”
Town officials said that the Big Lots center will fall inside of the 6,600-acre North Apple Valley Industrial Specific Plan (NAVISP) and join current tenants such as Fresenius Medical Care’s Tru Blu Logistics Center, the Walmart Distribution Center and Victor Valley College’s Regional Public Safety Training Center. This center will replace the Rancho Cucamonga facility.
This article was written by a staff member of the 24/7 Headline News Organization