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New Burlington Coat Factory store to open in Ocala

By on February 15th, 2013

Despite a warm Florida winter, a new Burlington Coat Factory store will soon open in Ocala.

City officials estimate the store, which will be located at State Road 200 and Southwest 27th Avenue, will bring at least 75 new jobs and other economic benefits to the area.

Kevin Sheilley, president and CEO of the Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership, said the store is coming during an economic turn-around for the city.

“Ocala was especially hard hit during the downturn, but actually throughout 2012, they led the state … in percentage job growth,” he said. “And we’re really seeing that continue to accelerate.”

“Now, we still have a lot of people who are out of work,” he said, “and so, any time we can add jobs, it’s a great day.”

People see Burlington Coat Factory’s investment as a sign of hope, Sheilley said.

“I think that any time you get a national company investing in the community, it’s a good thing,” he said.

He said the store’s opening will have a significant economic impact on the community. The store will improve property and tangible tax revenues, he said.

Construction crews and subcontractors will also benefit from the store’s opening because the facility will require remodeling, Sheilley said.

The Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership is also working to bring manufacturing companies to the area because they tend to attract more businesses, he said.

The Burlington Coat Factory is expected to open in a few months.

Andrew V. Pestano edited this story online. 


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