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New Wal-Mart Means New Jobs for Cumberland County Residents

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

A new Wal-Mart Super Center opened in Fayetteville Wednesday morning anda distribution center opened Tuesday near Hope Mills. Wal-Mart employeesin Cumberland County now number 1700, making the store one of the largestemployers 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 ahamburger and buy the things they normally do at Wal-Mart stores.

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

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

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

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