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West Valley Wal-Mart Brings 400 More Jobs to Yakima

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YAKIMA, Wash.- It was a hotly debated topic in Yakima, now, two years later the West Valley Wal-Mart is finally under construction.

Developers gathered around the new west valley lot for this morning's ground breaking, something Yakima consumers are excited about.

"I'll drive 50 miles to go to a Wal-Mart," said Luke Alexandra, who lives in Selah.

With this new location finally taking off, people won't have to. The West Valley location began construction on the foundation. It began with building a wall around the lot.

Developers and managers say this new store will create 400 new jobs for the Yakima area. They'll need employees to get the store running smoothly. They say the addition of jobs in West Valley will have a lasting impact.

"That many jobs, good paying jobs where people are putting money back into the city is always good," said Wal-Mart Market Manager Dan Burks.

The Wal-Mart started off as a controversial plan but people like Luke Alexander say everyone will take advantage of it.

"It's going to take blue-noses some time to come around, but they're going to," said Alexander.

There's already a Wal-Mart in Terrace Heights, so why does Yakima need a second one?

"I've been that person that wanted to live pay check to paycheck and make every penny stretch and that's what Wal-Mart does," said Burks.

"With the economy tight right now when you can save money and employ 800 to 1000 people that's good. No other store does that," said Alexander.

Developers say they will begin hiring in March and hope to have construction done by early fall.