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New Wal-Mart Means New Jobs for Cumberland County Residents

Posted September 10, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— The retailing giant Wal-Mart has become a staple for American consumers, but it means more than convenient shopping for hundreds of people in Cumberland County. For them it means opportunity and money in the bank.

A new Wal-Mart Super Center opened in Fayetteville Wednesday morning and a distribution center opened Tuesday near Hope Mills. Wal-Mart employees in Cumberland County now number 1700, making the store one of the largest employers in the county. The Wal-Mart Super Center put 550 people to work.

Michelle Jones, a cashier, said she wouldn't want to work anywhere else.

The new Wal-Mart Super Center is huge, about 200,000 square feet. Customers can buy groceries, do their banking, get a haircut, eat a hamburger and buy the things they normally do at Wal-Mart stores.

The new distribution center put 600 people to work. In April, thousands of people waited in the rain to get the jobs, which pay $9 an hour.

Larry Martens of the Employment Securities Commission, said there was a good workforce in the Cumberland County area.

The distribution center in particular has had a ripple effect in Cumberland County. The officials at the Employment Securities Commission said other employers have been increasing their wages in order to compete for workers. The unemployment rate in the county is very low and it is fairly easy to job-hop if a job is unsatisfactory.