Proponents of Georgia’s film tax credit like to talk about how producing a movie here in Georgia benefits the local economy. Here is a concrete example that supports their thesis:
Home Depot is opening a new store in south metro Atlanta next month, but the public won’t be allowed to shop there.
The Atlanta home improvement chain has built a 45,000-square-foot store dedicated solely to Pinewood Studios, the British filmmaker behind James Bond and the Harry Potter series, and its associates.
“It’s a new venture for us,” said J.T. Rieves, vice president of pro business for the retailer. “What they (Pinewood Studios) are trying to do is to create a level of control of predictability for someone who wants to make a movie.”
Pinewood is building a movie studio, its first in the United States, on more than 220 acres in Fayette County. The dedicated Home Depot store will open April 3.
I got a tour of Pinewood Atlanta last summer when it was not much more than dirt. They mentioned to us at the time the Home Depot store as well as how they will be employing seamstresses, construction crews, post-production experts, etc… They are also building houses at Pinewood where scenes can be filmed and actors will stay when working at the facility. The impact on the local economy will be positive.
I believe there are seven studios either being expanded (i.e. Tyler Perry) or being built (i.e. Pinewood Atlanta) so the movie industry ain’t going away. Hopefully we’ll see even more things like this dedicated Home Depot to employee more Georgians and benefit our economy for the long term.