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Auto parts retailer to close Gallman distribution center

GALLMAN (AP) — An auto parts retailer is telling the state of Mississippi that it will close a distribution center by the end of the year, and 284 employees will lose their jobs.

Advance Auto Parts says in a notice submitted last week that it will begin layoffs in late June at the warehouse in Gallman.

The company says four more waves of layoffs will happen through the end of the year.

Advance, based in Roanoke, Virginia, isn’t immediately responding to requests for comment.

The company is overhauling operations to improve financial results and has told investors that it is “optimizing” its 54 distribution centers.

The sprawling warehouse just off Interstate 55 was opened more than 15 years ago by Discount Auto Parts, later bought by Advance.