Berkeley County Council President William Stubblefield said in April 2011 that county leaders were convinced that without the incentive, Macy's would have put its center in New York.
The state also gave Macy's some incentives.
It agreed to issue bonds to pay for the center land, building and equipment and take ownership of the property. It also agreed to make a $5 million loan to the Berkeley County Development Authority for site preparation, provide $1.8 million from the Governor's Guaranteed Workforce Program for job training, and make $500,000 available for the Community and Technical College System to help Macy's with its start-up training.
The Legislature approved a bill that exempts all equipment purchased for the center from state sales tax.
Macy's broke ground for the center in April 2011. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was in July 2012.
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