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Trader Joe’s creates multiplier effect

When Volusia County landed a Trader Joe’s distribution center last year, it meant more than the welcome infusion of hundreds of new jobs into the area.

It also meant getting a potential economic engine.

Construction on the upscale grocer’s 810,000 square-foot distribution complex off Interstate 95 is nearly complete and is expected to open this summer, eventually employing 450 people. That will make it one of the largest employers in Volusia County — less than 1 percent of local employers, public or private, employ more than 250 people, according to county officials. The high demand for those jobs was evidenced one Saturday in March when more than 1,200 people showed up to apply for 300 positions at the distribution center.

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