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It took four years, but grocery chain Publix took a big step toward opening its first North Carolina distribution center with a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday on a large swath of land east of Greensboro. “We know that North Carolina is the right kind of state for this type of company,” Gov. Roy Cooper said during Thursday’s event. The Florida company, which is owned by employees, is investing between $300 and $400 million in the 350-acre project. Publix first approached elected officials four years ago about the possibility of opening the company’s tenth distribution hub among a chain of 1,239 stores that stretch along the East Coast. In a show of solidarity, the City Council and Guilford County Board of Commissioners guaranteed up to $37 million in incentives for the project in spring 2018. “This is an absolutely amazing project,” said N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore, who was among the many state and local officials to attend the groundbreaking. [Source]

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