Ace Hardware Bets On Wilmer Industrial Hub, Expands Facility By 450K SF
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A small town southeast of Dallas is building its reputation as a stealth industrial engine.
Wilmer, Texas, located 15 miles southeast of Dallas, is a small town of roughly 3,500 people, but its reputation as a logistics center keeps growing.
Retailer Ace Hardware announced plans this week to double its industrial space to 900K SF in Wilmer by expanding its existing 450K SF Retail Support Center.
This expansion will bring 250 construction jobs to the Dallas County community, and it isn't even Wilmer's first headline-stealing deal of the year.
So what makes Wilmer a popular attraction in the commercial real estate industrial space?
For starters, the city currently houses five industrial parks and boasts access to a workforce of 2-plus million, according to the Wilmer Economic Development Corporations. It has access to the DFW Metroplex, land and highway systems as well.
Small towns like Wilmer are increasingly being selected as industrial hubs, as land runs out (and prices soar) in bigger cities and technology changes the requirements for labor. Like Wilmer, many have the access to highways that is crucially important to distribution centers.