Economic Opportunity

 

On Exit 97 from I-95, you’ll find 750 hotel rooms, national chain restaurants, JR Tobacco, and DeWayne’s Home and Garden Center, one of the largest statuary and landscape dealers along the I-95 corridor.

A variety of antique dealers and merchants have made Selma the new antique center of the South.  A unique plan to encourage development of antique and art shops in the Uptown area has resulted in over 100,000 square feet of merchandise clustered in a picturesque 1950’s streetscape.

A walking tour of Uptown Selma offers visitors and shoppers well-stocked antique shops, specially stores, restaurants and an old-fashioned drug store complete with soda fountain, all located within a short distance of ample parking, the Rudy Theatre, and restored and operational train station.

The historic Selma Union Depot, built in 1924 by the Atlantic Coast Line and Southern Railroads to serve their passengers, was restored and renovated in 2002.  It now serves two daily Amtrak passenger trains as well as rail services offered by CSX, Norfolk Southern and the State of North Carolina.

The historic Rudy Theatre hosts the American Music Jubilee, a Branson-style variety show that entertains visitors and motor coach groups from New York to Miami with musical delights from 1950s rock and roll to classic and contemporary country and spectacular gospel.

Selma’s Railroad Days Celebration takes place on the first weekend in October.  This festival is a celebration of the town’s railroad heritage and includes numerous railroad displays and activities at the newly renovated depot.  It also features arts and crafts, entertainment, club-sponsored meals, a parade, road races, an antiques show and sale, and beauty pageants.

 

Achieving a Diversified Economy

 Selma’s pro-business attitude and climate has fostered success in the retail industrial development arena.  The excellent transportation network and close proximity to the largest planned research park in the United States, has helped attract some of the best-known corporate names in the country to the Selma area.  A recent addition to the local list of large corporate locations is Sysco Foods, whose $52 million, 400,000 square foot distribution facility brought hundreds of jobs to the town.

 Low operating costs, a productive workforce, and a business-friendly environment offer companies an exceptional opportunity to locate, operate and prosper.  Companies appreciate the many amenities and excellent quality of life that the area offers their workers.  They quickly come to realize that they could not find a better place for their corporate family to experience hometown living at its best.

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Johnston County Economic Development
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