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DERBY â€“ Itâ€™s official. The Northeast Kingdom will soon have its first Walmart, as soon as the project can obtain its permits.
Developers along with local and state political leaders announced plans Tuesday to build a Supercenter Walmart on the Derby Road, across from The Tavern.
â€śThis is an example of how we create jobs in the Kingdom,â€ť said Gov. Peter Shumlin. â€śThis region of the state has always suffered from higher unemployment rates than the rest of the state.â€ť
Shumlin said he is dedicated to having jobs throughout Vermont and that other business leaders are heading the efforts for area development.
Shumlin predicted that shoppers will no longer go to Walmarts in New Hampshire, which will gain revenue for the Northeast Kingdom.
â€śAs the first governor in many, many years who can see New Hampshire from my farm, I can tell you this, itâ€™s about time we got smart,â€ť Shumlin said. â€śThis is about being smart. Itâ€™s about jobs. Itâ€™s about economic development. Itâ€™s about future prosperity in the Kingdom.â€ť
The new store will bring the number of Vermonters that are Walmart employees from 710 to 1,000, said Alexandra Serra, Walmart senior manager of public affairs for New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont.
For more of this story, read the Newport Daily Express for Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013.