- Associated Press - Monday, January 18, 2016

PASCO, Wash. (AP) - The auto parts giant AutoZone Inc. is planning a new distribution center and truck maintenance yard in Pasco - a project that’s expected to bring 200 jobs to the city.

The Tri-City Herald reports (https://is.gd/DAUcwC ) that the plans were part of a previously secret economic development effort dubbed “Project Sunshine.” AutoZone paid $3.6 million for a 93-acre site on Capital Avenue near the King City Truck Stop.

The Tri-City Development Council led the campaign to secure the center after the Washington Department of Commerce contacted it a year ago.

Rick White, Pasco’s community and economic development director, declined to publicly identify AutoZone as the company behind Project Sunshine. But he called the project an important addition that expands Pasco’s industrial tax base and brings an array of jobs, from warehouse workers to upper management.

The distribution center will support AutoZone’s fast-growing store base. It operated 5,141 stores in 49 U.S. states at the end of 2015.


Information from: Tri-City Herald, https://www.tri-cityherald.com

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