Home shopping giant QVC is getting a little bit bigger in Eastern Carolina. The company says it's adding hundreds of new jobs at its distribution facility in Edgecombe County.
QVC will expand its Rocky Mount center and invest $71 million over the next five years.
Governor Beverly Perdue says the expansion was made possible by a $1,000,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund.
The company says the expansion will add approximately one million square feet to the facility, creating 200 new full-time jobs and more than 300 part-time positions. Construction is expected to be completed in the fall of 2012.
The company says the average salary for the 200 full-time jobs will be $30,216 not including benefits
As of the end 2010, QVC employed 541 full-time workers and 998 part-time and variable workers at the Rocky Mount facility.
In 2009, 250 employees at the facility were investigated by QVC for making questionable hardship withdrawals from their 401K retirement accounts. Some employees were kept from work during the investigation which led to protests near the facility.