Hundreds of jobs, thousands of choices at new Rooms to Go center in Dunn

Posted October 16, 2015 3:08 p.m. EDT
Updated October 17, 2015 11:07 p.m. EDT

— When the Rooms to Go Super Center opens in Dunn Saturday, it will be on the promise of hundreds to new jobs to go along with the million square feet of space and tens of thousands of pieces of furniture.

The facility, off Interstate 95 in Harnett County, comprises three showrooms full of furniture available for sale – an outlet, a Rooms To Go and a Rooms To Go Kids/Teens. It is the company's second-largest in the country, second only to their Florida headquarters.

It took two years to build the $40 million project, the company's seventh distribution center.

"It's going to have a tremendous impact," Dunn Mayor Oscar Harris said. "One is to increase our economic base, and two is to improve the livability of our people. This accomplishes just that."

Jobs at the center vary from entry-level, which pay just over minimum wage, to commissioned sales positions.

"Our target number is about 400," said company spokesman Warren Kornblum. "We probably have about just a little under 200 already working (and) another 100 to come as soon as the furniture starts coming in. We're comfortable we'll be north of 400 people."

That number is more than double the amount of jobs the company promised when state leaders announced a $200,000 economic incentive grant for the project through the One North Carolina Fund. The money will be paid only if they meet a minimum of 198 jobs.

Kornblum said the company is making an effort to hire from the local community.

In addition, the North Carolina Department of Transportation paid for road improvements to ease access in and out of the huge distribution center.

All Rooms to Go orders will now come through Dunn, Wilmington, Raleigh or Richmond, Va., Kornblum said.

Rooms to Go CEO Jeffrey Seaman said, "Not only will we continue to offer the very best of Rooms To Go style, quality and value but now with our new state of the art distribution facility, we'll be able to do it even faster and better."

Local funds sweetened the deal further with an additional $4.4 million in tax incentives.