SOMERS, N.Y. -- Restaurants and other businesses in Somers are bracing for the loss of another mega-taxpayer and revenue generator, according to a report by lohud.com.
IBM once had thousands of employees at its 730-acre Somers campus and many of them lived in the town and patronized local establishments, the lohud.com story said.
The IBM property is bounded by Routes 100 and 116 and has buildings with pyramid-shaped tops that can be seen from Goldens Bridge and Carmel.
By March, IBM will have moved the last of its staff to its headquarters in Armonk.
Somers was already reeling after beverage and snacks conglomerate PepsiCo relocated to southern Westchester.
PepsiCo's campus was purchased for $87 million last year by a limited liability company linked to Mexican business tycoon Carlos Slim Helú.
According to Forbes, Helú bought PepsiCo's former headquarters, which sits on a 200-acre campus, as an investment.
Town officials, looking several years ahead, have tried to calm economic fears by pointing to potential new revenue sources such as Somers Crossing, a proposed mixed-use development which would contain townhouses and some retail, the lohud.com article said.