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Lowe's plans massive local call center, sources say

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Home improvement retail giant Lowe’s Companies Inc. plans to open a call center on the northwest side that could employ as many as 1,000 workers, sources familiar with the deal said Monday.

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and Gov. Mike Pence are scheduled to officially announce the deal Tuesday morning along with officials from the Indiana Economic Development Corp.

Lowe’s has acquired a 140,368-square-foot office building in Intech Park that had been used by Eli Lilly and Co.’s information technology department from about 2003 to August 2013. The building was constructed in 2000 for original tenant Acterna LLC.

Lowe's also bought 3 adjacent acres of land because call centers require more parking space than traditional office buildings, a source said. Lowe's paid about $9 million for the building and the land, the source said.

Officials for Lowe’s and the IEDC did not immediately return phone calls seeking comment.

“This shows continued improvement in the Indianapolis office market and takes off what was one of the few remaining large vacant spaces in the entire office market,” said John Robinson, managing director of the real estate firm JLL in Indianapolis, who was not involved in the Lowe's deal.
 

 

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  • Crying People Over Job Creation
    Good Job EB Indy, People are never satisfied about Job Creration
  • Massive Tax dollars
    And again WE pay the wealthy company to provide low paying jobs with massive tax breaks
  • To EB
    Maybe EB needs to buy a clue or at the very least try to feed and house a family for 10 bucks per hour. The rest of us will subsidize these poor workers
  • wages
    Paying folks 8 to 12 dollars per hour doesn't keep them off of welfare. We will subsidize these jobs with tax's.
  • Happy
    I'm happy to see one less vacant building on the NW side. Thanks, Lowes, for not passing on an existing space and building yet another "warehouse." It's a good thing, folks - saving space AND providing jobs.
  • parking
    Marshall & Zach, thanks for the responses. Makes total sense now! At first I was thinking that it would be nice to have these jobs downtown, but with the additional parking required, it might be best in a suburban area.
  • Calling
    Who is Lowes calling,I wonder?
  • The four C's
    Indianapolis...the city of cricket, chains, crime and call centers!
  • Parking
    Maria, I believe that would be due to the fact that large call centers typically employ several overlapping shifts as opposed to a traditional office building where most would work the standard 9-5. This being the case, additional parking would probably be required.
  • Reply to Maria
    Maria, my guess is that call centers have more employees working per square foot than your typical office. The employees usually work in small cubicles needing less space than the space requirements for other businesses. Thus, you need more parking spaces for all those employees. Just a guess, though.
  • ROC
    Ballards Watergate... http://wishtv.com/2014/07/21/judge-attorneys-must-provide-roc-documents/
  • Parking
    "...because call centers require more parking space than traditional office buildings" Can anyone elaborate on why this is the case? I never heard of this before.
    • Good
      Good news, but lets not have a parade down Meridian Street for call center jobs. Not Google.
    • Where are the Pence and Ballard haters
      Whats wrong? job creation in Indianapolis is a bad thing now isn't it? don't we want people on the government welfare system. Typical crybabies lol.

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