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Wal-Mart setting up shelves in new supercenter

by Sally J. Taylor, Tribune News Service

Construction is complete and workers have begun to fill the interior of a 223,498-square-foot Wal-Mart Supercenter in the Carson Valley.

“We’ve taken possession of the new store,” Wal-Mart spokeswoman Ami Hill said. “The construction part’s done. For the next four or five weeks we’ll be putting in shelves and merchandise.”

Hill said the new store will open its doors Aug. 14. The Carson City store, which the supercenter will replace, will stay open almost until then.

“Basically a day or two before (the opening) the old store will shut its doors,” Hill said. “It will stay open, basically, until the bitter end.”

The supercenter will feature 36 general merchandise departments with a full-service grocery operation.

Wal-Mart executives moved the operation to Douglas County after they could not find a suitable location for a supercenter in Carson City.

The store is located at the foot of Spooner Summit near Topsy Lane and Highway 395 in Douglas County. It will employ up to 500 people, with the current 275 employees in Carson City moving to the new store, Hill said.

Douglas County stands to gain about $1 million annually from sales tax revenue expected to be generated from the store and Carson City expects to lose $1 million.

The Bentonville, Ark.,-based company has more than 3,000 stores in the United States and is ranked first in Fortune 500’s annual list of most profitable companies.

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