FOUR OAKS – Local and state officials gathered under a tent in a field on Brewer Road just east of Interstate 95 in Four Oaks this morning (Tuesday) for the groundbreaking of a new Ashley Furniture retail outlet store and distribution center. The facility will also include a call center and training center for the furniture company.
The center will represent a $15 million investment in a 30 acre site that previously had been farmland.
Tony Copeland, North Carolina’s Secretary of Commerce, said Governor Cooper was scheduled to attend the event but could not. Representing the Governor, Secretary Copeland said having the infrastructure and workforce in Johnston County helped secure the project.
“This is a proud day,” Four Oaks Mayor Linwood Parker told those who had gathered. “It will create jobs and opportunities so children don’t have to leave their community when they receive their education. Outside faith and family, the next most important thing is a paycheck on Friday’s.That’s what this is all about. It’s about jobs.”
A total of 161 jobs will be created once the new Ashley Furniture multi-use facility is completed.
County Commissioner Chairman Ted Godwin added, “What a great day to be in Johnston County. Thank you for supporting Johnston County and the Town of Four Oaks.”
The One NC Fund contributed a $150,000 grant towards the site. Johnston County Commissioners provided $700,000 in economic development incentives.