LANSING — Wayfair received approval for two grants with a combined total of $2.5 million that would add 500 jobs to Meridian Township.
The company is the largest online-only home furniture retailer and is based in Boston. The project is expected to generate a total private investment of up to $8.9 million, Wayfair announced in a press release. Wayfair has offices and warehouses located in the U.S., Canada, Germany, Ireland the United Kingdom. In June, total employment was more than 14,500 worldwide.
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation approved the two grants, the MBDP grant ($1.77M), which will be used to address lease costs and leaseholder improvement costs and the JRMP grant ($750K), which will be used to address employee training and talent needs.
The company plans to house a customer support facility center in Meridian Township to support its customers nationwide. The facility center will house customer service representatives, support functions such as human resources, training, recruiting and management. While Wayfair currently has a warehouse in Livonia that employs 26, this project will be the company’s first large-scale investment in the state.
The center is scheduled to open in summer 2020 and will begin its hiring search in the first half of 2020.
Individuals interested in careers with Wayfair should visit https://www.wayfair.com/careers.