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Posted Sunday, August 19, 2012
Chatham County, NC - On August 7, county officials joined Walmart in breaking ground on its new store in northeastern Chatham County. The 148,400-square-foot, full-service store will be on US 15/501 near Old Lystra Road and will bring an estimated 300 jobs to Chatham County. Shown at the groundbreaking from the left are:
Brooke Mueller, senior manager public affairs and government relations for Walmart; County Commissioner Vice Chairman Walter Petty; Anthony Soto, market manager for Walmart; County Commissioner Brian Bock; and Joe Glassen, chairman of the Chatham Economic Development Corporation.
The Walmart will bring 250 to 300 jobs to the county, which had a 7.3 percent unemployment rate in June, said Dianne Reid, president of Chatham County Economic Development Corp.
Anthony Soto, Wal-Mart market manager, said the majority of jobs will be full-time with benefits.
Reid said a 2008 study by UNC-Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School showed that 63 cents of every shopping dollar spent by Chatham County residents is spent outside the county.
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