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LuLaRoe to celebrate opening of distribution facility

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LuLaRoe will celebrate the opening of its East Coast distribution facility in Blythewood on Monday. The center is in the former Bose Corp. plant.

The $35 million project was announced in April and is expected to create more than 1,000 jobs over the next several years, according to the S.C. Department of Commerce.

LuLaRoe, founded in Corona, Calif., in 2013 by DeAnne and Mark Stidham, is sold by more than 80,000 independent fashion retailers.

The 470,000-square-foot facility at 2000 Carolina Pines Drive off Farrow Road will serve independent fashion retailers east of the Mississippi River by providing them with easier access to product and reduced shipping times, CEO Mark Stidham said in a statement.

“After evaluating our options, we selected South Carolina because of its central location and strong workforce to support our company's growing needs,” Stidham said. “We look forward to becoming a member of this great community and welcoming our future workforce into the LuLaRoe family."

Bose, a manufacturer of consumer electronics, announced in January 2015 that it was closing the plant to consolidate manufacturing operations and streamline its supply chain. The plant, which employed about 300, closed in September 2015.

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