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Rank Company Headquarters North Ownership Carolina Employment 1 Wal-Mart Stores Benton ville, 52,460 Public Inc. Ark. 2 Duke Durham 35,510 Nonprofit University(1) 3 Delhaize Brussels 31,365 Foreign Group(2) 4 McDonald's Oakbrook, III. 28.000 Public Corp. 5 Wells Fargo & San Francisco 27,200 Public Co. 6 Lowe's Cos. Mooresville 23,310 Public 7 Novant Health Winston-Salem 22,620 Nonprofit Inc. 8 Bank of America Charlotte 20,315 Public Corp. 9 Harris Teeter Matthews 17,335 Public Supermarkets Inc. 10 Wake Forest Winston-Salem 13,625 Nonprofit Baptist Health 11 Duke Energy Charlotte 13,200 Public Corp. 12 BB&T Corp. Winston-Salem 12,925 Public 13 Vidant Greenville 12,500 Nonprofit Health1(3) 14 Moses H. Cone Greensboro 11,210 Nonprofit Memorial Hospital Operating Corp. 15 Smithfteld Foods Smithfieid.Va. ID.630 Foreign Inc.(4) 16 Mission Health Asheville 10,545 Nonprofit System Inc. 17 Express Sen/ices Oklahoma City 10,335 Private Inc. 18 Ingles Markets Asheville 9,725 Public Inc. 19 Target Corp. Minneapolis 9,050* Public 20 Alex Lee Hickory 8,965 Private lnc.(5) 21 IBM Corp. Armonk, N.Y. 8,750* Public 22 US Airways Group Tempe, Ariz. 8,685 Public Inc 23 Compass Group Chertsey, 8,605 Foreign PLC England 24 United Parcel Atlanta 8,540 Public Service Inc. 25 Belk Inc. Charlotte 8,450 Private 26 WakeMed Raleigh 8.290 Nonprofit 27 CVS Caremark Woonsocket, 8.100 Public Corp. R.I. 28 Time Warner New York 8.000 Public Cable Inc. 29 Sears Holdings Hoffman Estates, 7.180* Public Corp.(6) III. 30 AT&T Inc. Dallas 7,000 Public 31 Laboratory Burlington 6,540 Public Corporation of America Holdings Inc. 32 Walgreen Co. Deerfield, III. 6,325 Public 33 Darden Orlando, Fla. 6,270* Public Restaurants Inc.(7) 34 Daimler AG(8) Stuttgart, 6,000 Foreign Germany 35 Aramark Corp. Philadelphia 5,905 Public 36 FedEx Corp. Memphis, Tenn. 5,705 Public 37 Dollar General Goodlettsville, 5,500 Public Corp. Tenn. 38 Bojangles' Charlotte 5,400 Private Restaurants Inc. 39 Rex Healthcare Raleigh 5,400 Nonprofit Inc. 40 The Home Depot Atlanta 5,400 Public Inc. 41 SAS Institute Cary 5,185 Private Inc. 42 Tyson Foods Springdale, 5,100 Public Inc. Ark. 43 Verizon New York 5,000 Public Communications Inc. 44 State Employees' Raleigh '1,900 Nonprofit Credit Union 45 Cracker Barrel Lebanon, Tenn. 4,535 Public Old Country Store Inc. 46 Xerox Corp. Norwalk, Conn. 4,530 Public 47 Family Dollar Matthews 4,500 Public Stores Inc General Electric Fairfield, 4,500 Public Co. Conn. 49 Cisco...

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