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Oswego OKs Sam's Club truck facility : News : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
Oswego OKs Sam's Club truck facility
Kendall Point project expected to generate 40 new jobs

by John Etheredge


The pending construction of a Sam's Club warehouse store in Montgomery may have had a positive economic impact on the Village of Oswego.

Oswego Village Board members voted 5-0 Tuesday evening to approve development plans and a special use permit for a truck transit facility at 2000 Wiesbrook Drive in the village's Kendall Point Business Center.

In a memo to the board, Rod Zenner, community development director, the facility will be operated by Sam's Club and serve as a "logistics location" for the retailer.

Zenner noted, "The facility will provide full-time employment for 40 workers upon opening with the potential of expanding employment up to 100 full-time workers."

As approved, an existing transit facility on the site will be expanded from 43 loading docks to 84 loading docks.

Also, a vacant lot to the east of the existing building at 2000 Wiesbrook Drive will be paved to accommodate 279 truck trailer spaces.

The plans also show a guardhouse on the eastern most side of the property to control vehicles entering and existing the site.

The village plan commission unanimously endorsed the project June 26.

In February, the Montgomery Village Board approved two special use permits needed by Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., owners of Sam's Club, to construct a Sam's Club store and a gas station in the village's Ogden Hill shopping center at U.S. Route 34 and U.S. Route 30. The store site is located about one and one-half miles from the transit facility site in Oswego.

The 136,085 square foot warehouse-style store will be located next to the JC Penney store, while the gas station will be located on an outlot in the center adjoining Route 34.

Construction of the store is expected to begin later this year with the store opening next year.

The store is expected to be a significant source of new jobs and sales tax revenue for the village.

Village Administrator Jeff Zoephel has said the store could generate as much as $500,000 annually in sales tax revenues for the village.

Yogurt firm to
locate in Oswego?

In other business development news, Vijay Gadde, Oswego's economic development director, announced he and other village officials met Tuesday with representatives of a California-based yogurt company that is considering locating in the village.

Gadde said three Kendall County officials and five area state lawmakers also attended the session.

Gadde and Steve Jones, village administrator, agreed the meeting went well.

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