Houston-based retailer plans Louisiana distribution center

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PORT ALLEN, La. (AP) — A Houston-based furniture, appliance and electronics retailer plans a new $5.7 million distribution center in Louisiana.
Gov. John Bel Edwards and Conn’s Inc. Chairman and CEO Norm Miller say in a news release that the center will create 70 jobs in Port Allen, with salaries averaging $41,300.

Conn’s HomePlus has 127 stores in 14 states. They include two in Baton Rouge and four in the New Orleans area, with summer openings scheduled for two more in New Orleans suburbs.

The state offered incentives including a $250,000 performance-based grant to offset building costs at the Port Allen distribution center. The company also is expected to use Louisiana’s Quality Jobs Program, which provides up to a 6% cash rebate of annual gross payroll for up to 10 years.

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