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Lowe’s Expands Distribution Center

BY CSA STAFF

Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s Cos. is expanding its regional distribution center (RDC) in Statesville, N.C., at a cost of about $12 million. The 1.15 million-sq.-ft. distribution center opened in 1996. The expansion, which should be completed by spring 2006, will add 324,000 sq. ft. and allow for additional inventory.

The RDC supplies approximately 140 Lowe’s stores in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Alabama, Mississippi, Missouri and Virginia. Nationwide, Lowe’s has 11 RDCs.

North Carolina Commerce Secretary Jim Fain said, “We are pleased that Lowe’s is adding to its significant presence and investment in North Carolina, reflecting the continuing growth and success of this homegrown company, which employs thousands of North Carolinians.” The expansion is expected to create 50 new jobs.

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HP Poaches Dell CIO Mott

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Palo Alto, Calif., Technology giant Hewlett-Packard has hired former Wal-Mart CIO Randy Mott away from his most recent employer, Dell. Mott will serve as HP’s new CIO.

Mott has held the CIO post at Dell for the past five years. Prior to that, he spent 22 years at Wal-Mart Stores, including six years as senior VP and CIO.

HP will pay Mott a base salary of $690,000 per year, an option to buy 500,000 shares of HP common stock, and a short-term bonus opportunity of 100% of base salary guaranteed at target for the 2006 fiscal year and the remainder of 2005. Mott also will be awarded a $2.2 million signing bonus; a $1 million relocation bonus; restricted stock worth more than $7.1 million; and targeted long-term performance cash of $7 million for a three-year performance cycle, of which $5 million is guaranteed.

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ShopKo to Sell Three Stores

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Green Bay, Wis., Discount retailer ShopKo Stores said it is selling its three stores in Colorado to Regency Realty Group. The retailer described the move as a result of “economic reasons.” The stores are expected to close in about three months. ShopKo originally opened the Longmont and Loveland stores in 1993 and the Fort Collins store in 1994.

The company said the sale of the trio of stores is not directly related to its plan announced in April to be acquired by private investment firm Goldner Hawn Johnson & Morrison for $715 million in cash.

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