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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- An international online fashion distributor is opening a distribution center in Shepherdsville, and will be creating 300 new jobs, according to city and state officials.
"Nasty Gal" is described as "a global online fashion destination for women." According to a news release, founder Sophia Amoruso started the company as an eBay store in 2006, selling a selection of vintage clothing. Since then, the company has expanded its reach with international customers. It offers new and vintage clothing, shoes and accessories.
It took several months to get the company to commit to the area, but the Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to welcome another business to town.
"Jobs for our county is obviously huge," said Chamber of Comberce Executive Director Freida Howe. "We are excited anytime there's knew growth in the area."
Bob Fouts, executive director of the Bullitt County's Economic Development Authority, says the area is prime real estate for growing businesses thanks to the nearby I-65 corridor and airport.
"Companies started recognizing the area and it's a success because we have UPS and I-65," said Fouts. "Plus we're in between two MSAs -- Metropolitan Statistic Areas -- which have at least 100,000 or more citizens."
The 527,000 square foot distribution center is expected to generate $18 million in investments in Kentucky. To encourage these investments and job creation in Shepherdsville, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority preliminarily approved Nasty Gal for tax incentives up to $3 million through the Kentucky Business Investment program.
The performance-based incentive allows a company to keep a portion of its investment over the term of the agreement through corporate income tax credits and wage assessments by meeting job and investment targets.
"Whenever a community can be the home of a retailer like Nasty Gal or any of the other retailers that we have, it just makes our community that much better."