Corporate American is exploring its options, says Orange County Partnership chief

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GOSHEN – In the wake of the months’ long shutdown of business due to COVID-19, corporate America is exploring its options going forward, Orange County Partnership President Maureen Halahan said.

While retail businesses were forced to close their stores, their online business grew and Halahan said the focus of purchasing has changed, at least for the time being.

“Back in the day the Sears and Roebuck catalogue was like a really big deal and people would drive to the depot and pick up their boxes and now, online shopping is back, only those boxes that would get delivered to Sears go right to people’s homes,” she said. “But shopping outside the home is very social; it is very entertaining.”

As this scenario continues to play out, more developers are interested in building large distribution centers in Orange County. Amazon is in the midst of constructing a one-million square foot distribution center in eastern Orange County.