A Memphis-based arm of FedEx Corp. is looking to build a 560,000 square foot distribution center on the site of the former Silver City Galleria in Taunton, according to documents filed with the city.
FedEx would pay $165 million for the old mall site and create 150 jobs, the majority of which would be part-time, the Taunton Daily Gazette reported, citing public documents filed with the city. The documents were not immediately available to the Globe.
A FedEx spokesperson confirmed the plan to The Globe but declined to discuss specifics.
“FedEx Ground is engaged in discussions with local officials for the potential lease of a parcel delivery center in Taunton,” the spokesperson said in a statement.
“They are considering a large, long-term capital investment in Massachusetts and are planning the development of a new, custom-built facility that could accommodate parcel volume overflow from existing facilities in South Boston, MA and Hartford, CT,” Kroll La LLC Vice President Eileen Egan said in a letter of intent to the city, quoted by the newspaper. A representative from Kroll, a New York-based consulting firm, did not immediately have the letter on hand.
The proposed project comes as now-empty malls and big-box flagship stores across Massachusetts seek new uses. Life science lab space has been proposed in the closed former Lord & Taylor stores in shopping centers in Natick, Braintree and Burlington, for example. In Watertown, the former Arsenal Shopping Center has been transformed into a 1 million square foot mixed-use development, dubbed Arsenal Yards, with luxury accommodation, restaurants and amenities including the Central Rock Gym , the Bond Vet care facility, and a pop-up beer garden by Mighty Squirrel Brewing Co. CambridgeSide in East Cambridge is turning several of its biggest convenience stores into labs and offices, and its entire third floor has also been converted .
After years of struggles and a foreclosure record in 2019, the Silver City Galleria closed in 2020 – shortly before the COVID pandemic hit. The building was demolished, and in June 2021, a subsidiary of Portman Holdings, an Atlanta-based hotel and office developer, acquired the site for $75 million, according to a North Bristol County deed. The seller was Thibeault Development of Everett.