Roy Cooper (D) announced Wednesday that the state’s second Walmart Supercenter will open in Wilmington on May 20 and the first store in Raleigh will open on June 1.
The announcement comes a day after the state legislature approved $20 million in tax breaks for Walmart Supercenters, which would allow the stores to expand in the coming years.
Cooper said he’s working with the governor to help expand the stores and bring more jobs to the state.
In the past year, the company has expanded its North Carolina operations from one store in Cary to six in the state and seven in other parts of the state, with the goal of adding up to 50 more stores in the next decade.
The first of those six stores is expected to open in 2019.
Cooper announced the tax breaks Wednesday and said the state is on track to generate $1.2 billion in new tax revenue.
The company has also invested millions in new technologies, including automated teller machines, which can make the checkout process faster.
“We have the resources to invest in our stores and we’re going to continue to do that,” Cooper said.
“We’re going do it.”
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