Wal-Mart plans more stores for S.C.
May 4, 2011 4:39:00 PM - thestate.com
Wal-Mart said Wednesday it would bring dozens of new stores to South Carolina over the next five years, creating at least 4,000 jobs and investing $400 million in the state.
The news comes a week after lawmakers shot down a tax break that would have brought an Amazon.com distribution center and more than 1,200 jobs -- to the area. Wal-Mart was part of a group that vehemently opposed the tax break, saying it was unfair to other retailers.
The announcement was made by Gov. Nikki Haley and Wal-Mart U.S. president and chief executive Bill Simon during a press conference at the State Farmers Market in Lexington County, who said the stores will sell produce grown in South Carolina.
Lexington County officials in attendance called the announcement a payoff for Haleys opposition to the Amazon incentives.
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