Popular clothing brand Gap will create more than 500 jobs at the company’s distribution center in Summer County in Gallatin, Tennessee. The good news was jointly announced by Gov. Bill Haslam, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Gap Inc. officials.
The global retailer brand is investing around $41.7 million in its Gallatin distribution campus on Gap Boulevard. The fresh capital will be used for technology upgrades as Gap Inc. expands its online fulfillment capabilities in Summer County.
Haslam was upbeat as he said: "Gap Inc. has long been a crucial part of Sumner County and this significant expansion brings us closer to our goal of making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.” Rolfe for his part expressed confidence in Tennessee’s business climate advantages.
Gap Inc. operates more than 2.8 million square feet of distribution space as part of the company's North American network of distribution centers, making it as one of the largest employers in Sumner County.
Gap also announced a $3.1 million investment in Gallatin to meet growing demand for e-commerce sales on Gap Inc.'s brand websites in July last year.
James Fenton, executive director of the Gallatin Economic Development Agency, said: "Gap Inc.'s steady growth shows its long-term commitment to Gallatin.”
Gap Inc. is a leading global retailer offering clothing, accessories and personal care products for men, women and children under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta, Intermix and Weddington Way brands. Gap Inc. products are available for purchase in more than 90 countries worldwide through about 3,200 company-operated stores, about 450 franchise stores, and e-commerce sites. It has headquarters in San Francisco.
The new jobs to be created by Gap is part of the improving economy under President Donald Trump and the fulfillment of his top campaign promise of taking better care of the economy, and keeping and creating jobs for Americans. Trump has previously said more than half a million jobs were created since he took office in January.