Business

QVC to add 200 jobs in Rocky Mount

Posted February 16, 2011 3:19 p.m. EST
Updated February 16, 2011 4:48 p.m. EST

— 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.