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Wal-Mart to open distribution center in Mebane, create 450 jobs

This Nov. 14, 2011 file photo shows the rain-soaked handle of a shopping cart outside the Walmart store in Mayfield Heights, Ohio.
This Nov. 14, 2011 file photo shows the rain-soaked handle of a shopping cart outside the Walmart store in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. AP

Gov. Pat McCrory’s office announced Tuesday that Wal-Mart Stores will open a perishable grocery distribution center in Alamance County and create 450 jobs over the next three years.

The company plans to invest $100 million in the facility in Mebane, about 50 miles northwest of Raleigh. The center will serve about 123 of the retailer’s stores in North Carolina and surrounding states.

Wal-Mart is eligible to receive a $1.1 million grant from the One North Carolina fund. The grant requires a local match and the company must meet investment and job-creation milestones.

The average annual wage for the new jobs will be $35,374. The Alamance County average is $34,858.

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