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FedEx to construct distribution center in Pearl

FedEx Ground says it will complete construction on a massive distribution center to be opened in Pearl by August 2017.

The new facility will take up more than 248,000 square feet and will replace a smaller center that operates in Richland.

FedEx says the move will primarily enable the company to meet and exceed a rising number of customer demands in the area surrounding Pearl. Although the company would not provide an estimate of how many jobs the center would create, it did say that the new distribution center will employ a mixture of full and part-time employees.

Meredith Heighington Miller, a spokeswoman for FedEx, told The Clarion-Ledger the new facility will serve to boost package volume capacity on a daily basis and further improve the speed and service capabilities of the company.

During the coming months and as plans are being finalized, more information will come available with respect as to how many jobs the new center will create and if FedEx will seek property tax incentives for the project.

In Pearl, the distribution center is being welcomed with open arms for the economic good fortune it will bring.

Kathy Deer, executive director for the Pearl Chamber of Commerce, expressed excitement for the jobs that the new facility will create and the attraction it will have on potential new residents.

“It will definitely help out the economy,” Deer told The Clarion-Ledger.

In her 11 years with the chamber, nine of which she has acted as the director, Deer has seen a huge economic growth spurt for Pearl. Deer says she expects the new facility will allure and provide more jobs in the area, which will in turn, bolster the city’s prosperity.

The new FedEx distribution center will be the latest addition to Pearl’s directory of companies, right behind a steady string of businesses that have settled in the town lately. Just in the last few years, the mall, Outlets of Mississippi, has brought more than 70 stores to Pearl.

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