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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) -

A high tech company is moving into Henrico's West End and bringing 250 new jobs. It's setting up a call center in the former Circuit City headquarters, where Allianz Global Assistance recently moved in.

You won't recognize the former Circuit City building on Mayland Drive in Western Henrico. It's now the Allianz building. They've added a globe in front of the building, to give it an international look, and it looks completely different on the inside.

The former Circuit City headquarters, after the company folded, was gutted. Only the red motif and logos remained on the walls.

Allianz Global Assistance, the travel insurance company, just remodeled the lobby, the offices, the cafeteria. Even the famous Circuit City basketball court is now a conference room.

"What we've tried to do is give it an international flavor, so the conference rooms are named after cities and countries where we have offices. The floors are named after continents. My office is on Africa," said Daniel Durazo, Allianz Communications Director.

Allianz needed a tenant for the third floor. So Minacs, an international outsourcing company and subsidiary of Aditya Birla Minacs, is bringing in a high tech, Fortune 100 company, that it won't name yet, that will set up a call center. They're hiring 250 people to take calls for customer service and tech support.

"We teach them how to help customers solve issues, in real time, for some of the coolest products in the world," said Keith Callahan, Vice-President of Operations for Aditya Birla Minacs.

Callahan says they'll expand to 350 employees next year and 500 in a few years. Candidates need a high school diploma or GED to land a job.

"The best candidates are ones that are willing to learn, eager to help customers solve problems," Callahan told us.

The Greater Richmond Partnership and Henrico County officials lured the company here over sites in Georgia and the Carolinas, with Workforce Training Grants, an educated workforce, and location.

"I think they found a great building that met their expectations. But I think the biggest advantage we had was that we have a great pipeline of talent," explained Greg Wingfield, President and CEO of the Greater Richmond Partnership.

Callahan says Minacs is investing $2.5 million in the move. And they're glad to be helping to fill the void left by Circuit City.

Candidates can apply for the call center jobs now through the Minacs website. Job fairs will also be scheduled.

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