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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 Haley’s opposition to the Amazon incentives.

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