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Sacramento County approves tax breaks to bring Macy’s to Campbell Soup plant

The Campbell Soup Co. plan in south Sacramento before it closed in 2013. Retailer Macy’s says it plans to use part of the plant as a distribution center for online purchases.
The Campbell Soup Co. plan in south Sacramento before it closed in 2013. Retailer Macy’s says it plans to use part of the plant as a distribution center for online purchases. hamezcua@sacbee.com

The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors Tuesday morning approved a package of tax and fee breaks to persuade Macy’s to move into part of the shuttered Campbell Soup factory on Franklin Boulevard in south Sacramento.

The county is offering Macy’s a sales-tax reimbursement of up to 50 percent, depending on employment levels and the volume of sales generated out of the facility. The reimbursement can’t exceed a total of $5 million over the 10-year life of the lease, said Lori Moss, the county’s director of community development. The county would waive another $112,650 in permit fees.

The board voted 4-1 in favor of the plan Tuesday. Supervisor Roberta MacGlashan, who represents the north and east parts of the county, including Folsom, said she voted against the incentives because she opposes sales tax rebates.

Macy’s says it plans to occupy about a third of the sprawling Campbell complex with a distribution hub for shipping orders to online customers. The retailer says the new center would employ about 175 people, but 72 of those jobs would replace existing positions at a Macy’s distribution center in West Sacramento that would close.

Campbell’s closure in 2013 after 66 years of soup-making dealt a blow to the working-class neighborhood, where the factory offered relatively high-wage, blue-collar jobs.

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