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Restaurant supplier opening Md. warehouse

CUMBERLAND — A Pennsylvania-based online supplier of commercial cooking gear says it’s opening a distribution center in western Maryland that will create 150 jobs.

The WebstaurantStore Food Service Equipment and Supply Co. announced Monday that it has purchased a 525,000-square-foot building in Cumberland that will become its second warehouse on the East Coast.

The privately owned Lancaster, Pennsylvania company says it will begin operations in Cumberland next spring.

Maryland’s Department of Business and Economic Development says it’s providing a $300,000 loan, and Allegany County is offering a $30,000 loan. The loans would convert to grants if the company meets certain conditions, including creating 150 new jobs in two years.

The company also has distribution centers in Kentucky and Nevada.