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FURNITURE HAULER TO OPERATE SEARS WAREHOUSE
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FURNITURE HAULER TO OPERATE SEARS WAREHOUSE

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A High Point trucking company that specializes in hauling furniture will open a warehouse employing 100 people in west Greensboro to assemble and ship furniture ordered by Sears, Roebuck customers on the East Coast.

MGM Transport Corp. will create a new subsidiary, FCC Corp. of North Carolina, to operate the business under a contract with the nation's largest retailer. FCC is expected to occupy the building in the Interstate Business Park on Burnt Poplar Road sometime next month.The warehouse will be used to serve customers of Sears' expanding furniture retail business.

FCC will assemble orders for furniture placed by Sears customers at stores on the East Coast and then deliver the consolidated orders to 22 Sears distribution centers. These centers then will deliver the furniture to the customer.

Don Lowe, manager of Sears' giant distribution warehouse on Lawndale Drive, said the furniture warehouse is part of the retailer's revamping of its distribution network to streamline deliveries, reduce damage to goods and cut inventory costs.

Eddie Massood, who heads MGM Transport's operations in High Point, said the Greensboro warehouse will operate independently of the High Point terminal. The new company's name, FCC, stands for Furniture Consolidation Center, he said.

MGM is based in New Jersey, but its biggest terminal and most of its employees work in High Point where the company has become one of the furniture industry's leading transporters of less-than-truckload shipments.

The Interstate Business Park is being developed by a partnership in which the Greensboro real estate firm, Maxwell Associates, is the managing general partner. Robbie Perkins of that firm said a 90,000-square-foot warehouse now nearing completion at the park will be expanded to the 125,000-square-foot size needed by FCC and Sears at a total cost of $3.7 million.

He said the warehouse was being built on a speculative basis and was far along in construction when the negotiations began with FCC and Sears.

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