Several sales jobs in Dallas will be created by a slew of new Walmart stores in the area.
Walmart recently announced its plans to invest about $200 million in expanding the company's presence throughout the area. That funding will go toward more than 12 new projects, including at least three new stores in South Dallas, which will create more Dallas retail jobs and revenue for the local economy.
Walmart already serves as the largest employer in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, supporting about 45,000 jobs, according to The Dallas Morning News. That number will only get stronger with the additional stores, one of which is already slated to hire 300 part-time and full-time employees.
During the past 10 years, Walmart has become the dominant grocery store chain in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, accounting for about 40 percent of annual grocery expenditures. The company currently operates more than 120 stores in the area.
"Clearly, Wal-Mart understands the strong economic fundamentals of our city's economy and sees tremendous potential," Mayor Tom Leppert said in statement. "And all indications are, if these stores do well, especially in Southern Dallas, more stores will come."
Walmart's new projects will include Walmart Neighborhood Market, Walmart Supercenter, and Sam's Club stores. So far, six locations have been finalized:
- Supercenter at I-35 and Ledbetter Road
- Neighborhood Market near South Buckner Boulevard and Scyene Road
- Neighborhood Market near North Hampton Road and Fort Worth Avenue
- Sam's Club at Webb Chapel and West Northwest Highway
- Supercenter near Webb Chapel and West Northwest Highway
- Supercenter on North Central Expressway at Midpark Road
Dallas officials have been working with Walmart for years now in an effort to develop a plan that would allow the company to invest more in the local area.
"We look forward to opening these additional stores, which will not only provide additional jobs in our community, but will help more North Texans save money so they can live better," Dacona Smith, regional vice president of Walmart, said.