The St. Pauls Board of Commissioners on Thursday approved annexing about 66 acres on N.C. 20 west of St. Pauls on which Pepsi is building a distribution center. The annexation was voluntary and requested by property owners Pepsi Bottling Ventures LLC, former state Sen. Michael Walters and his wife, Barbara Walters, and Claybourn and Peggy Walters. The Walters family owns 17 acres of the annexed property. The annexation becomes effective Jan. 1. Pepsi Bottling Ventures announced late in 2016 that it would build a $16.5 million distribution center near St. Pauls. The company said 50 new jobs are being created and 200 jobs that might have been lost to Robeson County if another site for the distribution center had been chosen are being saved.