LUMBERTON — Due Process Stable Trading Company has been awarded a $500,000 grant to convert a building at 411 W. Fifth St. in Lumberton into a showroom for designer rugs.
The company expects to create almost 50 jobs.
The grant, which was approved by the North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority on Thursday, was awarded as part of the state’s Building Re-use Program. The program was designed to create new economic opportunities in rural communities by utilizing existing structures.
Headquartered in New Jersey, Due Process is a wholesaler of high-end rugs and furniture. The company announced in August that it would locate a warehouse and retail outlet in Lumberton, creating 45 jobs while investing $1.37 million over three years. Due Process purchased the 93,476-square-foot facility in October.
“They were looking at numerous buildings in North Carolina and South Carolina and took a liking to our community,” said Greg Cummings, Robeson County’s industrial recruiter. “We’re glad to have them in our community and adding a mix to our industry base.”
The majority of the grant money will go toward setting up a Capel Rugs showroom inside the facility under a license agreement, according to Dave Grasse, president of Due Process.
“We’re converting it from a manufacturing building into a retail area with proper lighting, walls with crown molding, and chandeliers,” he said. “We’ll make modifications to the facade of the building and the roofing.”
Capel Rugs was established in Troy in 1917. The company bills itself as America’s oldest and largest importer and manufacturer of rugs. There are 12 other Capel Rugs showrooms throughout the country.
“They’re like the Henry Ford of the automobile in the United States. They’re one of the fathers of the carpet business,” Grasse said.
Renovations are expected to be finished by August, and the store’s grand opening is tentatively scheduled to take place on Sept. 1.
“I’m thrilled,” Grasse said. “We would have been in jeopardy had the grant not been secured.”