Rooms To Go Invests $40 Million In Dunn, North Carolina, Warehouse and Distribution Center
Area Development Online News Desk (06/28/2013)
Rooms To Go will invest $40 Million over the next three years to build a new warehouse, distribution center and retail showroom in Dunn, North Carolina, with plans to create 220 jobs in Harnett County.
The furniture retailer plans to build a 1.1 million square-foot facility, which will serve as its primary distribution and processing center for online deliveries to Rooms To Go customers throughout the eastern United States. The facility will have a state-of-the-art showroom and outlet center that the company believes will become a convenient stopping point for travelers on I-95. The company expects to engage approximately 100 people as independent contractors associated with home delivery of merchandise from the warehouse to customers’ homes.
“Our goal was to find a location that provides great visibility and exposure on I-95, while allowing convenient transportation access for receiving merchandise and delivering to our customers. The Saddlebred Road site offers these key features as well as a great location for a brand new Rooms To Go store for consumers throughout the region and people traveling up and down the East Coast,” said Rooms To Go President and Chief Operating Officer, Steve Buckley. “We are very thankful for the support we are receiving from the State of North Carolina, Harnett County and the City of Dunn.”
“Rooms to Go knows our state’s support for the furniture industry is second to none,” said Gov. Pat McCrory. “It’s always great news when existing companies choose to reinvest and grow their business right here in North Carolina.”
The project was made possible in part by a performance-based grant from the One North Carolina Fund of up to $200,000. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance, through local governments, to attract business projects that will stimulate economic activity and create new jobs in the state. Companies receive no money up front and must meet job creation and investment performance standards to qualify for grant funds. These grants also require and are contingent upon local matches.
The Department of Transportation also worked on the project to ensure the Rooms To Go had sufficient access to the state’s transportation network.
Other partners that helped with this project include: the N.C. Department of Commerce, N.C. Department of Transportation, N.C. Community Colleges, Harnett County, City of Dunn and the N.C. Rural Economic Development Center.