By Rachel Madison
What’s that big concrete building behind the QuikTrip gas station on County Road 214? That’s the question many residents have been asking themselves in recent weeks, as the walls have gone vertical at the new location of Austin-based Golf Cart King.
Golf Cart King is a family business that started in Austin in 2010. The company was started for golf cart owners who wanted more customization options and access to a variety of parts to perform their own maintenance on. their golf carts.
Aaron Gouldie, Founder and CEO, said The Independent he decided to move and build Golf Cart King’s new facility in Liberty Hill because geographically it worked well for him.
“We didn’t have a footprint in the Sun City area of Georgetown, and I lived in [Leander],” he said. “I was looking for somewhere between my home and Sun City to open a new headquarters. When I met with the Liberty Hill City staff, it seemed like a good fit and everyone was welcoming. .
The project began in fall 2021 and is expected to be completed by April 2022, Gouldie said. Golf Cart King will create 23 new jobs in the community and expects that number to grow to 41 over the next decade.
While for now the 12,000-square-foot, two-story building looks daunting as it looms just off State Highway 29, Gouldie said the finished product will look stunning.
“I put $250,000 into landscaping alone,” he said. “I will plant more than 50 trees there. There will be a glass facade in the front, and the building will be painted in various colors and illuminated. It’s gonna be really nice. It was never my intention to build a horror – it will be a very nice setup when complete.
When completed, the building will include a 6,000 square foot storefront and showroom, 6,000 square feet of office space, golf cart storage and areas for custom upholstery projects.
Gouldie said he put everything he did into his business and was thrilled to bring his family business to Liberty Hill.
“Golf Cart King is not a corporation,” he said. “We’re just a bunch of small town people bringing our building to a small town to help it grow. I promise the building won’t be an eyesore, it’s gonna be really cool.
Golf Cart King is coming to Liberty Hill thanks to an incentive agreement between the City of Liberty Hill and the Economic Development Corporation, which includes both employment incentives and sales tax rebates. Under the agreement, Golf Cart King will receive $2,000 per full-time equivalent position at the end of 2023, 2025 and 2027, up to $230,000 in total with an annual cap of $50,000.
In addition, EDC will pay Golf Cart King 60% of EDC’s share of sales tax generated by the business over 10 years. EDC earns one-eighth of a cent in sales tax for every dollar. The City will refund 50% of its one-cent sales tax revenue generated by Golf Cart King for three years, then 33% for three years and 25% in the last three years of the agreement. The sales tax incentive for Golf Cart King is capped at $300,000.