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QVC to add 200 jobs in Rocky Mount

Posted February 16, 2011

— Home-shopping retailer QVC will add 200 jobs to its Rocky Mount operations and invest $71 million over the next five years, Gov. Bev Perdue said Wednesday.

QVC, which already employs 541 full-time workers and 998 part-time workers at its Edgecombe County distribution center, will expand the facility by about 1 million square feet, creating the full-time positions, as well as more than 300 part-time jobs.

That expansion is expected to be complete in Fall 2012.

Salaries will vary by job function, but the average annual wage for the 200 new jobs will be $30,216, not including benefits.

“There is no better validation of North Carolina’s top-rated business climate than when our business neighbors who are already operating in North Carolina decide to expand their operations, invest further and hire more North Carolinians,” Perdue said in a news release. “This is especially encouraging news in a county like Edgecombe, where residents are fighting hard to rise out of the recession.”

The project, according to the governor’s office, was made possible in part by a $1 million grant from the One North Carolina Fund, which helps local governments attract businesses.

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  • fixurself1st Feb 17, 2011

    I cannot believe how rude and ignorant the majority of these comments are. Edgecombe County is one of the poorest, if not the poorest, counties in NC. Who in thier right mind has a problem with jobs being added anywhere, let alone there? Also, QVC pays well and has good benefits. I work with several people who worked there over the holiday season and they loved it and said it was good money and a great place to work. They offer flexible schedules which are great for single parents or people who work another job. How dare you belittle something that hundreds of people have been waiting and praying for? So what if one person cannot support a family of 4 on a QVC salary? They can provide more support for thier family with a QVC job than they could sitting at home doing nothing. Lastly, have you ever stopped to consider that maybe crime is high because people are so poor and are idle? Maybe if they had a job to go to 8 hours a day and got a pay check crime would decrease! Be appreciative!

  • xgen69 Feb 17, 2011

    This being a five year project means the jobs are not going to be here until the last year! With unemployment at 13% in Rocky Mount there is no hope of finding a job here. With the expected government job cuts also coming, it leads me to believe that NC is not going to be the place I thought it might be to find an entry-level computer career. It looks more and more likely I'll relocate to TX as they have survived the depression better than most states.

  • KermitDFrog Feb 16, 2011

    Sarcasm start:
    Maybe the scientists that are being let go from GSK can get jobs there stuffing boxes. That's progress folks.
    Sarcasm end

  • indrdw Feb 16, 2011

    I am sure there will be very very few high salaries with the others being minimum wage or not much above that. Better than nothing but will not feed a family of four and get the basic needs such as the high cost of utilities in Rocky Mount. A can't win for most people who do not want to live on welfare.

  • Weaker Pelosi Feb 16, 2011

    Things are NOT getting better folks.

  • gallbury Feb 16, 2011

    Only someone as short as "Bev" would think this is a big deal. Check the unemployment rate "Gov" and then go and toot your horn.

  • pinball wizard Feb 16, 2011

    QVC had better be glad they are not located in Wilson County, because that county only wants high-tech jobs.

    On a side note, maybe Firestone/Bridgestone will move to some place they are appreciated.

  • ObamaMustGo aka NCcarguy Feb 16, 2011

    SO...only in NC can we be about to lose hundreds of Scientist jobs, but celebrate a couple hundred low-skilled, low paying jobs. Not sure I see the big "Win" here.

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas Feb 16, 2011

    200 gained at QVC and possibly 1000's lost at Glaxo. Who wins that one Bev?

  • RomneyRyan2012 Feb 16, 2011

    OOOPS, by bad...Glaxo.

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