Macy’s Inc. announced Thursday, March 31, plans to build an online fulfillment and fulfillment center in central North Carolina that will eventually employ about 2,800 people.

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CHINA GROVE, North Carolina (AP) — Macy’s Inc. announced Thursday plans to build an online fulfillment and fulfillment center in central North Carolina that will eventually employ about 2,800 people.

The department store and online retail giant said in a press release that it would invest $584 million in the China Grove project, located in Rowan County, 56 kilometers northeast of Charlotte.

The logistics center and warehouse operations, which will open in 2024, will provide automated services for orders to be shipped directly to consumers, the office of North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said. The center will handle 30% of Macy’s digital supply chain capacity when fully operational, the company said. New York-based Macy’s had limited potential centers to North Carolina and South Carolina, according to a document provided by the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

“This state-of-the-art facility…will support our business growth as a premier omnichannel retailer,” Macy’s Director of Supply Chain Dennis Mullahy said in a press release.

Most of the jobs created would pay less than Rowan County’s average salary of $48,360, according to information presented to a state panel that approved a deal earlier Thursday on certain taxpayer-funded incentives for Macy’s. That means 230 jobs that Macy’s aims to generate by 2026 could qualify for the state’s Job Development Capital Grants.

Under the agreement, subsidiary Macy’s Corporate Services LLC could receive $2.3 million of these grants over 12 years if it meets job creation and investment goals. But the company is also expected to secure other state and local incentives worth $58 million, according to the Commerce Department document.

The announcement came two days after heads of state and VinFast announced that the Vietnamese automaker would build an electric vehicle manufacturing plant in Chatham County, with the promise of creating 7,500 jobs. It would be the state’s first automobile factory after a series of near-misses while recruiting a factory.

“When you combine our robust transportation network with our skilled workforce and excellent quality of life, economic development gains like these will continue to be celebrated statewide,” Cooper said Thursday with Macy’s announcement.

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