William F. West Staff Writer May 8, 2020

Has the coronavirus put on hold the transformation of the former Hardee’s corporate headquarters complex into the future state Division of Motor Vehicles headquarters?

If your answer is no, then you are correct.

“The work never stopped,” DMV spokesman John Brockwell said on Thursday in response to emailed questions about the status of the complex along North Church Street.

Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO David Farris on Thursday said, “We see a good summer for Rocky Mount.”

Mayor Sandy Roberson on Thursday spoke of the potential of local residents filling positions vacated by DMV workers who choose to transfer to other state agencies or who are close to retirement age.

Roberson also said his understanding is that there are DMV jobs offering what would be quite good pay in the Rocky Mount area.

Roberson emphasized another thing he is elated about is that the relocation of the DMV perhaps creates opportunities for other state agencies to relocate to Rocky Mount.

Roberson cited the proximity of Rocky Mount to Raleigh and the relatively low costs of operations in Rocky Mount compared to some of the places in Raleigh.

Roberson said that in Rocky Mount, “The doors are open and we’re open for business.”

Of the coming of the DMV headquarters to Rocky Mount, Roberson said, “This is exciting news and I think we should celebrate it.”

“I think it’s fantastic,” he said.

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Article written by WILLIAM F. WEST, Rocky Mount Telegram Staff Writer