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Beauty retailer opens Mississippi warehouse in Olive Branch with 220 workers

OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. (AP) — Beauty retailer Sephora says it’s opened a northern Mississippi distribution center with 220 workers.

The unit of French luxury goods house LVMH didn’t immediately say Thursday when asked how much it’s investing in Olive Branch. Employment is supposed to grow to 400.

Sephora is renting the 720,000-square-foot (67,000 sq. meter) warehouse from San Francisco-based Prologis.

Mississippi Development Authority spokeswoman Tammy Craft says the state is providing $1.2 million to help build infrastructure and $100,000 for on-the-job training.

Sephora, which announced plans in 2016, is working with the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services to hire employees with disabilities for up to 30 percent of jobs.

DeSoto County and Olive Branch are providing partial property tax exemptions, but their value isn’t immediately available. The Tennessee Valley Authority is also providing undisclosed aid.