Thousands of people have taken a survey showing interest in working for a “well-known retailer” that is considering building a $100 million distribution center in Fayetteville.

More than 6,000 people have taken the survey, which is intended to help the unnamed company assess the size, availability and skills of its potential workforce here, said Robert Van Geons, president and chief executive office of the Fayetteville Cumberland Economic Development Corporation.

“They’re coming in every few minutes,” he said.

People interested in working for the company can fill out the online survey at until Wednesday at 5 p.m. The more potential workers who respond, the better Fayetteville's chances to land the employer, officials say.

The project, also described as a “fulfillment center,” is expected to be at least 1 million square feet. The facility would ship products that customers order on the Internet.

Fayetteville is a finalist in the competition to land the project, with sites in several other states in the Southeast also being considered.

The center is expected to operate shifts around the clock with several hundred permanent full-time and part-time workers. It likely will hire more workers during holiday seasons.

Salaries for workers at the facility are expected to be substantially higher than minimum wage.

Van Geons said he could not name the retailer or provide further details about the project.


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