MARSHALL — Channel Control Merchants, owner of retailer Dirt Cheap, says it will bring 500 new jobs and about $2 million in capital investment through its new operation in Marshall.

Dirt Cheap is the largest retailer of customer returns and marked out of stock merchandise in the United States, according to the company. The business will lease 325,000 square feet of a privately owned structure at 2938 Brown Road in Marshall to serve its retail outlets in Texas, western Louisiana and southern Arkansas. A Dirt Cheap retail store open to the public also is planned at that location.

The Marshall Economic Development Corp. board of directors agreed unanimously Aug. 26 to provide $255,000 in incentives for investment in signage, job fair promotion and employee retention through Channel Control Merchants’ job incentive program.

The Marshall City Commission unanimously approved the incentive agreement between Marshall EDC and Channel Control Merchants during Thursday’s meeting.

“The building size, proximity to the interstate, installed utilities, and assistance with meeting workforce and operational needs were critical in deciding to expand in Marshall,” said Carl Daniels, senior vice president of supply chain at CCM. “We are ready to start interviewing and hiring our team. We want to foster a strong relationship with Marshall EDC, the community and build a reputation as the best place to work in the area. We welcome the opportunity and look forward to growing a successful operation in a great community.”

“The scope of this project in investment and employment, is a tremendous opportunity for Marshall, Texas,” said Marshall EDC board Chairman Hal Cornish. “We are grateful that an existing privately owned warehouse could meet the space needs of this project. We anticipate the promotion of more private property and development that can adequately serve the needs of new and expanding businesses.”

The 667,125-square-foot distribution and warehouse center on Brown Road was a major private investment over time by local businessman Steve Carlile, president of Minglewood Properties, and his wife, Penny.

“We are looking forward to Channel Control Merchants beginning a long relationship with Marshall,” said Steve Carlile. “Marshall Economic Development Corporation’s work to facilitate CCM’s decision in selecting Marshall was a critical part of the process.We believe this will be a big win for Marshall and its citizens.”

Dirt Cheap plans to begin hiring employees immediately and start operations as soon as possible and has scheduled a job fair 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 19 at 2938 Brown Road in Marshall.

Applicants unable to attend the event will be provided an additional date of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 26; however, applicants are encouraged to come to the first event.

Job applicants may also apply online at ilovedirtcheap.com/careers .

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