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Old 11-22-2010, 11:48 AM
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Petco opening satellite HQ in S.A., bringing 400 jobs
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Old 11-22-2010, 11:49 AM
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Default PETCO bringing 400 jobs to SA, and it's not just another call center!

400 New Jobs as PETCO Locates in SA

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The San Diego based pet store chain announced today it will open its National Support Center, essentially a branch of its headquarters, at Loop 410 and 151 on the northwest side, with construction on the facility expected to be completed by the summer of 2011.

"PETCO will employ 400 people, with an average salary of $57,000 per years," Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade said.
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The center will be located at 654 Richland Hills Drive, in the Westpointe Corporate Center. PETCO expects to invest some $5 million to transform the one-story facility into its new support center, which is slated to open in mid-2011.
Read more: San Antonio lures major PETCO support center with strong incentives package | San Antonio Business Journal
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Old 11-22-2010, 02:24 PM
 
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Is Petco going to hire local folks?
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Old 11-22-2010, 02:34 PM
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Is Petco going to hire local folks?
It's not a brand new operation, it's an existing operation that's moving from San Diego, so many of the jobs are currently filled.

The article at the first link in my post above makes it sound like AT&T's headquarters relocation. Some employees will relocate with their jobs. Some would rather stay in San Diego than keep their job.

It's nice to see that the state is offering incentive packages to entice companies to move white-collar operations to Texas, too. Not everyone wants to work in a call center. The mayor referred to these as "significant, decision-making jobs."

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Old 11-22-2010, 02:41 PM
 
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It's not a brand new operation, it's an existing operation that's moving from San Diego, so many of the jobs are currently filled.

The article at the first link in my post above makes it sound like AT&T's headquarters relocation. Some employees will relocate with their jobs. Some would rather stay in San Diego than keep their job.

It's nice to see that the state is offering incentive packages to entice companies to move white-collar operations to Texas, too. Not everyone wants to work in a call center.
I read the article and thought it sounded like a AT&T kind of move.
Hopefully there is something for me; I love pets and I am looking for white collar.
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Old 11-22-2010, 02:57 PM
 
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It's not a brand new operation, it's an existing operation that's moving from San Diego, so many of the jobs are currently filled.

The article at the first link in my post above makes it sound like AT&T's headquarters relocation. Some employees will relocate with their jobs. Some would rather stay in San Diego than keep their job.

It's nice to see that the state is offering incentive packages to entice companies to move white-collar operations to Texas, too. Not everyone wants to work in a call center. The mayor referred to these as "significant, decision-making jobs."
If most of the jobs are filled, then why did San Antonio give them a 10 year, 100% tax abatement?

Hopefully there is a balance and some local people will have fair advantage to working there.
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Old 11-22-2010, 03:14 PM
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While I'm not totally against all the abatements, etc. I wonder if they were to do this for existing San Antonio based companies that are struggling, what would be the ramifications?

Kind of like businesses that give discounts or extras to the new customers. What about the old customers who've helped keep the doors open?

I'm not for giving handouts, but just wondering if something like this would have helped Lack's stay in business and save several hundred jobs.

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Old 11-22-2010, 03:15 PM
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If most of the jobs are filled, then why did San Antonio give them a 10 year, 100% tax abatement?

Hopefully there is a balance and some local people will have fair advantage to working there.
All 400 people who work there will be residents of and paying taxes in Texas. From the state's standpoint, it makes no difference whether they were hired locally or transferred in. From the company's standpoint, they'd undoubtedly like to have some continuity in those functions so that they don't have to train everyone in that new center.

Besides, lots of local jobs go to people who relocate from other states. I'm sure there are many people on this board who were hired by local employers from elsewhere.
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Old 11-22-2010, 03:22 PM
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I'm not sure I understand by the article whether this is going to be a field office and or are they shutting down in San Diego and moving everything here?
Since PETCO's calling it a "Support Center," my reading between the lines is that they're splitting off functions that support the operation like (I'm guessing here) HR and Accounting and moving them away from the headquarters. The CEO won't be relocating here, but the head of Accounts Payable probably will be.

San Diego's a very expensive city to live in. Since the average salary at this place will be $57,000, the people doing these jobs probably had long commutes from outside of San Diego where housing was at least affordable.

Some of them may have lived in Mexico. I know someone who used to work a similar-paying job at another company in San Diego. He lived with his wife in an apartment in Mexico and crossed the border for his daily commutes.
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Old 11-22-2010, 03:27 PM
 
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All 400 people who work there will be residents of and paying taxes in Texas. From the state's standpoint, it makes no difference whether they were hired locally or transferred in. From the company's standpoint, they'd undoubtedly like to have some continuity in those functions so that they don't have to train everyone in that new center.

Besides, lots of local jobs go to people who relocate from other states. I'm sure there are many people on this board who were hired by local employers from elsewhere.
I certainly see your point in regards to having to retrain new employees vs. transfering employees from San Diego.

I am just saying IF they plan to keep most of the 400 jobs filled by the same people from San Diego, then do they deserve a 10 year, 100% tax abatement? I am asking someone to show me the benefits of this package that we offered them. How does it benefit San Antonio short-term / long-term?

Either way, I welcome PETCO here. We need more companies to move here to become more attractive to gaining an educated, skilled labor force. Like you said, not everyone wants to work in a call center.
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