Second furniture distribution facility under consideration

Project could bring jobs to area

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The Town of Four Oaks and Johnston County are negotiating with a large furniture company that’s considering a site next to Interstate 95 for a distribution center and retail store.

WTSB radio is reporting that Ashley Furniture, one of the largest distributer of home furniture in North America, is looking at several locations on Interstate 95 in North Carolina, including a location near Keen Road which is exit 87 on Interstate 95 which is in Four Oaks.

The radio station reports that negotiations are underway with property owners on Brewer Road at N.C. 96 as a potential site.

If Ashley Furniture locates to the area, water and sewer would need to be extended to the site.

Reports also suggest the company could also house a call center at the new I-95 location.

The company initially looked at a site in the Four Oaks Industrial Park but decided against that location because company officials wanted to have a retail component in addition to the warehouse and distribution center.

Facilities this size typically employ between 150 and 250 workers.

The business would be only a short distance from a similar facility in Dunn. Rooms To Go has a distribution center and retail store located on Interstate 95 at Exit 75.

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