Wal-Mart, AIG Say They Plan Nearly 700 NC Jobs

MEBANE — The world’s largest retail store chain and a financial company that got the biggest U.S. government bailout five years ago are opening new North Carolina operations that expect to employ nearly 700 workers.

Gov. Pat McCrory’s office said Tuesday Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to open a grocery distribution center in AlamanceCounty that is forecast to employ about 450. State and local governments offered the retail giant more than $9 million in tax breaks, land, roads and other incentives if it meets job and investment projections.

Insurance giant American International Group plans a Charlotte software design, development and testing center employing 230 people. AIG could get more than $5 million in government sweeteners.

An Israel-based textile maker says it’s adding 65 jobs at Spuntech Industries Inc. in Roxboro.

http://chapelboro.com/news/business/wal-mart-aig-say-plan-nearly-700-nc-jobs/

Three NC Men Arrested In Series Of Wal-Mart Thefts

PITTSBORO – Authorities say three men from Henderson have been identified in connection with a theft ring that targeted Wal-Mart stores across central North Carolina.

A statement from the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office said an investigation involving police departments from Roxboro and Holly Springs led to the arrests.

Sheriff Richard Webster said investigators were able to identify the suspects after two thefts from a Wal-Mart on the Chatham-Orange county line. He said the smash-and-grab thefts netted $150,000 in electronic items.

Officials say 26-year-old James Drenell Branch is being held in the Wake County jail on unrelated charges. Authorities are still searching for 20-year-old Damien Lamar Bullock and 29-year-old Christopher Eugene Bullock. The three are each charged with two counts of felony larceny, shoplifting concealment of goods and conspiracy to commit felony larceny.

http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/three-nc-men-arrested-in-series-of-wal-mart-thefts/