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Advance Auto Parts, a Roanoke-based retailer of automotive parts, will invest $8 million to build a financial services customer care center to manage credit for commercial clients. The project will create 75 jobs during the next three years. (News release)

Hanover Direct, a mail-order distributor headquartered in Wisconsin, laid off 189 employees at its distribution center in Roanoke County. The company’s brands include The Company Store, Domestications and UnderGear. (The Roanoke Times)

The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center received a Best Property Operations award from Hilton Worldwide for highest scores in property operation for three consecutive years. Only three properties in the Americas East region received the honor. (News release)

King College of Bristol, Tenn., won initial approval from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education for its plans to build a medical school in Abingdon. The group oversees accreditation of medical education programs across North America. (Bristol Herald Courier)

Kroger closed the Bluefield Beverage bottling plant in Bluefield with the loss of 110 employees. The company said the operation had been losing money for a number of years. (The Associated Press)

Modea Corp., a digital advertising agency based in Blacksburg, laid off 25 of its 79 employees after losing its account with Verizon Wireless. (The Roanoke Times)

Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Co. will invest $8 million in an expansion of its Galax plant. The company purchased the former Webb Furniture Enterprises Factory to supplement its production of bedroom furniture. The project will create 115 jobs over the next three years. (The Roanoke Times)

Virginia Tech will partner with UT-Battelle LLC, manager of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, on research into wireless communication with an emphasis on development of radios incorporating artificial intelligence. (The Roanoke Times)


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