Garmin purchased 193 acres of land in Olathe near its head office in an effort to expand its facilities and workforce.
The land is located on the northwest corner of 151st Street, Interstate 35 and Highway 169, said Krista Klaus, spokesperson for Garmin International.
“This land acquisition gives us the opportunity to grow our facilities and workforce in the city of Olathe and the state of Kansas for decades to come,” said Garmin CEO Cliff Pemble. , in a press release.
Garmin, which was founded in 1989 in Lenexa, Kansas, is headquartered at 1200 East 151st Street in Olathe, just east of I-35.
The land acquisition includes a large parcel where the Great Mall of the Great Plains previously stood. The mall opened in 1997 and measured 812,000 square feet. But over the years, many national brands have pulled out and smaller retailers have closed, causing the mall to close in September 2015.
This is the second time in recent years that Garmin has expanded in Olathe. In 2016, the company launched a $ 200 million expansion project at its headquarters. The expansion included a 720 square foot manufacturing and distribution center.