240-acre business park anchored by Macy’s distribution hub breaks ground

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Developers are breaking ground on a 240-acre business park in Tomball anchored by a large new Macy’s distribution center.

The project, called Interchange 249, is expected to encompass more than 3 million square feet within ten buildings located at the southwest corner of Highway 249 and Rocky Road in Tomball. 

Houston-based Lovett Industrial is partnering with New York-based Clarion Partners to build the master-planned business park in three phases, the first of which is planned for completion by the first quarter of 2023.

Construction work already started on Macy’s new 900,000 square-foot facility, but developers Wednesday launched the construction of the rest of phase one of the project, a Lovett spokesman confirmed.

“We look forward to joining the Tomball community and welcoming our colleagues into the new fulfillment center in 2023,” said Stacy Bobbitt, Macy’s Inc.’s Houston facility leader.  “Our continued investment and expansion in the Houston area reflects the hard work of our exceptional colleagues serving our valued customers at our current facility.”

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Macy’s will move its distribution operations from elsewhere in Houston. It currently has a distribution center near east downtown at 2103 Ernestine Street, which is roughly 1 million square feet spread across three floors of space, a Macy’s spokeswoman previously confirmed to Houston Chronicle.

The new distribution hub will have a more more modern features with all operations one floor, creating a more efficient layout, the spokeswoman added. The retailer won approval for economic incentives tied to the project by TEDC in mid-January which were later approved by Tomball City Council Feb. 7. 

Initially Macy’s expects to set up in about 500,000 square feet in the Tomball project and then expand to an additional 400,000 square feet in future phases, according to a letter sent to Tomball City Council by a consultant for the project. The retailer is expected to invest $45 million in building out the facility over the next couple of years, according to the letter. 

The retailer’s new distribution home will have direct access to both the Grand Parkway and Highway 249, allowing for efficient regional and local distribution, according to Lovett.  The park has about one mile of frontage along the Grand Parkway.

More details on business park

Macy’s new distribution hub at at 14000 Boudreaux Road takes up about 48 percent of the space in phase one of Interchange 249.

Other than Macy’s,  the rest of the buildings in phase one are speculative, meaning the developers are starting construction before a specific tenant has been secured. Those buildings include a 746,246 square foot cross dock building, a 138,375 square foot front load building, and a 98,400 square foot rear load building.

Phase two and three of the park could include a mix of speculative buildings and built-to-suit facilities, a Lovett spokesman said. A timeline wasn’t disclosed.

Marketing and leasing efforts for Interchange 249 will be handled by Jim Foreman and Allison Bergmann of Cushman & Wakefield. Harvey Builders is the General Contractor for the Macy’s Build-to-Suit, Powers Brown Architecture is the lead architect, and Kimley-Horn is serving as the project’s civil engineer. . 

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