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New Wal-Mart Supercenter Opens in Orange County

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The Supercenter will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Supercenter will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

After years of planning and lots of tension, the new Wal-Mart in Orange County is now officially open. The Wal-Mart officially opened to the public at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday with people lined up outside and a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

In the meantime, the store has hired hundreds of employees and there are still many temporary positions available.

The new Wal-Mart is located along Route 3 in Locust Grove. It's approximately 128,000 square feet and provides about 320 jobs.

Wal-Mart says it will also bring major tax revenue to the county.

The plans for this new Wal-Mart haven't always been popular though. Neighbors expressed concerns for small businesses when the nation's biggest retailer announced plans to move in.

However, the store manager says nearby stores stand to benefit from new traffic the Wal-Mart will bring to the area.

"Wherever you build a Wal-Mart store, other stores generate revenue to the county, they generate traffic to other businesses, and there's a practice at Wal-Mart. If we don't sell it, we're more than happy to recommend our customers to a competitor who does sell it," said store manager Terralis Gibson.

People were also concerned about the original location of the Wal-Mart. Some thought the location would tarnish a Civil War landmark. The location has since been moved. 

The store is a Supercenter, with groceries, a pharmacy and the area's largest sporting goods section.

It will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

On Saturday, Wal-Mart will host a family-friendly event with face painting, cupcake decorating, and free food samples at the store from noon to 3 p.m.

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