OGDEN -- One of HomeDepot.com's two worldwide customer service and sales centers will officially open for business Saturday, eventually bringing over 700 jobs with it.
A "board-cutting" ceremony will be held at noon Saturday at the center's recently completed 100,000-square-foot building in Business Depot Ogden, 801 Depot Drive.
Ogden Business Development Manager Steve Fishburn said the event will be attended by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, Lt. Gov. Greg Bell, Mayor Mike Caldwell, other city officials and Hal Lawton, HomeDepot.com's president and CEO.
Peter Makowski, a project coordinator with Ogden's community and economic development department, said HomeDepot.com has already hired 200 employees to fill positions that are immediately needed to begin operations, and the company hopes to fill 500 more positions by early next year.
"They've hired a lot of people already but there are still a lot of positions that they want to fill," Makowski said. "And they want to do it soon."
Employees at the new service center will field calls and assist customers who use Homedepot.com around the world.
HomeDepot.com chose Ogden over about 80 cities in the U.S. for the center, Fishburn said.
In late 2011, the Governor's Office of Economic Development Board approved post performance tax credits of $521,867 over 10 years to HomeDepot.com for the project.
HomeDepot.com is the online subsidiary of the retail giant HomeDepot Inc.