Lime, the dockless scooter company that has changed urban landscapes seemingly forever, is putting the squeeze on San Antonio. On August 19, the company announced it is opening a new regional repair center and creating 50 new skilled jobs along with it.
The 17,000-square-foot shop, referred to as a Regional Repair Center by Lime, is located at 12625 Wetmore Rd. and has been in the works for "several months," according to the company. Once open, it will serve as the repair center for all of Central and South Texas and create 50 new positions, which a rep confirms will mainly be mechanical and operation jobs.
“This Regional Repair Center shows our commitment to San Antonio and the region as we expand our presence in Texas and create more than 50 new jobs,” says Joe Deshotel, Lime Texas government relations and community relations manager." In addition to the repair center, Lime also operates a headquarters in downtown San Antonio.
It's hard to believe, but it's been just more than a year since Lime scooted into San Antonio in July 2018. During that time, dockless scooters have been both embraced and vilified. While pro-scooters argues that scooters are a needed addition to urban living, detractors point out that they can be a safety hazard to both pedestrians and drivers. In July 2019, the City of San Antonio officially banned scooter riding on sidewalks (though anyone walking through downtown has likely seen this ordinance ignored).
Regardless of where San Antonians land on the scooter spectrum, it appears Lime is actively striving to become a part of the San Antonio community. In addition to the headquarters and new repair facility, the company also hosts safety trainings, the latest of which is slated for August 22, and is partnering with companies to provide things like discounted bike helmets.
And, of course, there are also the jobs. As North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Cristina Aldrete said, “We’re excited about Lime adding local jobs and having a positive impact on our economy for our citizens in San Antonio. We look forward to working in partnership in helping them grow in their success when needed.”
As part of that partnership, Aldrete will join San Antonio District 10 Councilman Clayton Perry, tech leaders, and Lime company representatives on August 21 for an official ribbon-cutting ceremony.