Belk to invest $2.5 million in Blythewood distribution center.

Belk is investing $2.5 million in improvements to its Richland County distribution center during the next five years.

The private department store chain plans to upgrade its Blythewood facility, which employs between 78 and 103 people depending on the season, according to a news release from Richland County. The distribution center, located in the Carolina Pines Industrial Park, opened in 2000 and supports Belk's network of 300 stores in 15 states.

"This investment reflects our continued commitment to the community and our confidence in Richland County's workforce," Belk CEO Lisa Harper said in the release.

As part of Belk's original 2000 fee-in-lieu-of-tax agreement with Richland County, the company committed to investing $9.2 million and creating 125 jobs by December 2005. After more than $13 million in investment and the creation of 129 jobs by that time...

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