May 4 2011
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Lexington, SC (WLTX) – Walmart is bringing 4,000 jobs over five years to South Carolina, Gov. Nikki Haley announced Wednesday.
Haley made the announcement alongside state leaders and Walmart USA’s CEO Bill Simon at a news conference at the State Farmers Market.
The governor says the company will bring new stores to the state over the next five years and create all retail positions. She says the stores will create 300 management salaried jobs.
The company said in a release that the new stores will generate hundreds of millions of dollars in new economic activity.
The investment includes relocations and expansions of existing stores as well as new locations.
Haley says Walmart is committed to buying products locally, and that the company already buys from South Carolina companies such as Senn Brothers, a produce vendor based in Columbia.
She says no special tax breaks were offered to Walmart for this new investment, and that the deal had been in the works for several months.
Walmart was part of the effort which defeated a plan to give online retailer Amazon tax breaks so they would build a distribution center in Lexington County. The company and local businesses said the deal would give Amazon and unfair advantage.
Haley said she and other state leaders would like to work with Amazon, and that they enjoy seeing companies who are already here expand.
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