Governor Pat McCrory and N.C. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced on June 27 that Rooms To Go will build a new warehouse, distribution center and retail showroom in Harnett County. The company plans to create 220 new jobs and invest $40 million over the next three years in Dunn. The N.C. Department of Commerce’s David Spratley was the developer on this project.
“Rooms to Go knows our state’s support for the furniture industry is second to none,” said Governor McCrory. “It’s always great news when existing companies choose to reinvest and grow their business right here in North Carolina.”
Rooms To Go is a furniture retailer with approximately 150 stores located in 10 states in the U.S. The company sells residential furniture to consumers in its stores and through its online websites. The company currently employs more than 180 people in North Carolina.
Rooms To Go plans to build a 1.1 million-square-foot facility, which will serve as a warehouse, distribution center and retail showroom. This newest Rooms To Go facility will be the primary distribution and processing center for online deliveries to Rooms To Go customers throughout the eastern U.S. 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.
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 N.C. Department of Transportation also worked on the project to ensure Rooms To Go had efficient access to the state’s transportation network. Other partners that helped with this project include: N.C. Community Colleges, Harnett County, City of Dunn and the N.C. Rural Economic Development Center. Read more.
Rooms to Go plans new Harnett County warehouse, creating 220 jobs (The Fayetteville Observer, June 27)