DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced on Friday that the state will invest $864,000 in Kohl’s Department Stores to help open a customer service operations center in Dallas. The center is expected to create more than 1,500 jobs.

The state’s investment comes through the Texas Enterprise Fund, which aims to help ensure business growth and create jobs throughout the state.

“Kohl’s decision to continue expanding in Texas is proof positive our healthy economy continues to create opportunities for Texans and employers,” Gov. Perry said.

As part of the investment, Kohl’s is committed to creating 144 jobs and $54.9 million in capital investment, though the center is expected to create much more.

“We are looking forward to having Kohl’s as a corporate citizen that will bring new jobs to Dallas,” City of Dallas Office of Economic Development Director Karl Zavitkovsky said. “There is a lot of national competition for new jobs and capital investment and Kohl’s decision to expand into Dallas shows that our business-friendly environment creates an ideal location for them to grow their operations.”

Kohl’s currently has more than 140,000 employees in the U.S., including a distribution center in Corsicana, an e-commerce fulfillment center in DeSoto, and an existing customer service operations center in San Antonio.

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