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Wal-Mart to Open More than 320 New Stores; Hire 83,000 New Employees

JUNE 12, 2004 - Posted at 12:15 p.m. CDT

 

BENTONVILLE, AR - Wal-Mart Stores has announced it will hire 83,000 new employees for the 320 to 345 new stores it plans to open this fiscal year.

The announcement comes as the company faces attempts by community groups to block new stores in California, Illinois, Indiana and Mississippi.

But the world's largest retailer says its undeterred.  It already employs about a million employees in the United States and will need more for the general domestic expansion.

Wal-Mart says 4,800 of the new jobs will be management positions and 66,000 will be full-time.

The expansion includes plans for at least 230 new Supercenters, 40 discount stores, 30 Sam's Club wholesale stores and 20 neighborhood markets.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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