Corvallis Walmart Prepares for Shoppers

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CORVALLIS, Ore. — ¬†Employees put the finishing touches on the new Walmart Neighborhood Market Monday.

Employees have been working around the clock to get the new store ready for business. The construction’s complete and the shelves almost fully stocked, all possible because of the newly hired workers.

“A majority of our jobs are local, we brought a lot of local jobs to town” said Walmart store manager J.D. Fleming.

The new superstore is bringing its low prices while boosting the local job market.

Alejandraz is one of the newly hired; she was brought in as a pricing associate after previously working at a Walmart in Salem.

“When I left, I had a part time job. I couldn’t get a lot of hours and I’m actually here 40 hours a week,” Walmart employee Karen Alejandrez said.

But not everyone was happy with the new neighbor. Wal-Mart was at the center of controversy in 2012 over labor practices prompting a nation-wide strike, one which protesters in Corvallis took part in. There were also concerns that the mega-retailer would drive out business, but the Corvallis Chamber of Commerce doesn’t see that happening.

“Wal-Mart has impact on smaller merchants, I don’t think that’s going to happen here. Small merchants have lots to offer; They will differentiate themselves from what Wal-Mart has to offer and I don’t see it as a negative to what the community has to offer,” Corvallis Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kevin Dwyer said.

Wal-Mart representatives say they see Corvallis as the perfect place to open up shop.

The 36,000 square foot Walmart Neighborhood Market is located in the CCC Plaza on 9th Street. The store is set to open its doors Friday, Mar. 29.

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