450 Walmart Jobs May Land In Mebane

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MEBANE, N.C. -- Walmart plans to open a grocery distribution center in Mebane that will create about 450 jobs.

The company says construction could begin as early as spring 2015.

According to Walmart, building the 44,000-square-foot facility could cost $85 million to $100 million. 

The distribution center will be located along I-40/85 in Mebane, and will serve stores in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee.

Walmart has more than 40 distribution centers across the country. A spokesperson said the number is likely to grow.

City councilmembers in Mebane and Graham have approved an partnership incentive agreement with Walmart for a new distribution center for the area.

It's called Project Swordfish.

On Monday, city leaders approved plans for incentives with the retailer. This agreement would make the completing of the new Walmart distribution center one-step closer to becoming reality. 

According to William Wertz with Walmart, the retailer giant is looking forward to working with state and local officials on plans to build the new grocery distribution center in North Carolina. Wertz told WFMY News 2's Tony Smith that the Mebane site is the front-runner and Walmart is not considering any other locations.

"This brings jobs to Alamance to county, 450 at first, which are $35,000, a little bit over the average salary in North Carolina," said city of Graham Mayor Jerry Peterman.

The preliminary plans call for the construction of a new $85 million-$100 million facility along I-40/85 in Mebane, North Carolina. The cities of Graham and Mebane have agreed to purchase the land initially. The land is estimated to be valued at $4,339,000.

"Those 450 jobs, they are real people filling those roles," said Mac Williams, Alamance Chamber of Commerce.

"If North Carolina doesn't do this kind of stuff through the state level, I think we are going to get left behind, not only state-wide but also internationally and people are looking at us from other countries," said Peterman.

Project Swordfish will get a $1.1 Million grant from the state in order to help with the conclusion of project. 

Construction could begin as early as Spring of 2015.

The county is expected to hold a public hearing on the matter on Monday, December 16, 2013.

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