Oriental Walmart Express open for business - WSPA.com

Oriental Walmart Express open for business

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ORIENTAL, NC - A new Walmart that caused quite the stir in Pamlico County opened its doors to customers Friday.

The Walmart Express in Oriental held its grand opening early this morning.     
     
The Town of Oriental's board members agreed to grant the Walmart Express access to the town's water system. The decision came after a lot of controversy, especially for small businesses in fear of the chain store's negative impact on them.

"Initially there was some opposition to the idea Walmart here,” said Bill Wertz, Walmart spokesman. “I think much of that was misunderstanding about the size of the plan and the nature of our activities. Over time I think that opposition has diminished."
     
The Walmart got the green light after the company agreed to several of the town's terms, including paying a donation to the city.
     
Walmart Express will bring 20 new jobs to Oriental.
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