Walmart coming to Marlboro County

Walmart officials will build a small supercenter in Marlboro County.

The company's South Carolina public affairs officer, Glen Wilkins, says they've submitted plans to Bennettsville city officials but haven't released a specific location.

Wilkins says the store will be about 90,000 square feet, which is about half the size of a regular supercenter. He says the store will include a pharmacy, grocery and general merchandise department.

In 2006, Walmart expressed interest in opening a mid-size store on a 29 acre site off of Cheraw street. Officials told us then they decided to hold-off on plans because of the economy.

Wilkins says they plan to start hiring at the beginning of next year and will set up a location in Bennettsville to take applications. He didn't say how many jobs will be offered.

The store will open in mid-2012.

The upcoming Bennettsville store is a part of Walmart's plans to bring 4,000 new jobs and invest $400 million in South Carolina over the next five years.

The company made the announcement last week.

The move means at least a dozen new stores, relocations and expansions for other existing Wal-Mart stores across the state, including Lake Cityin Florence County . The company says there are no plans to expand its distribution center near Greenville.

Walmart's decision brings its total number of jobs in South Carolina to approximately 32,000.

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