Distribution center could bring 200 jobs to Alamance County

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MEBANE, N.C. -- City council members voted unanimously Monday night to approve its share of a nearly $5.4 million incentive package that would attract German grocery store Lidl to build its first U.S. distribution center and headquarters in the city.

The project would create 200 jobs and is part of a partnership between Mebane, Graham and Alamance County.

“Activity is happening faster than we could have hoped for,” said Mebane City Manager David Cheek.

The 850,000 square foot center would be built along Interstate 40/85, right next to the Wal-Mart distribution center slated to start construction this month, creating about 400 jobs.

The Sheetz distribution center in Burlington opened in November, creating about 150 jobs.

Alamance County Commissioners also approved its share of the incentive package Monday. Graham City Council members will vote on the package Tuesday night.