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Wal-Mart to bring road and economic improvements to Darlington

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DARLINGTON, SC (WMBF) - Construction is finally underway for a new Wal-Mart coming to the City of Darlington and it is bringing jobs and road improvements to the area.

“We're obtaining a lot of business from the people going to Charlotte as well as the people coming to visit our raceway,” Darlington City Councilman James Cooper stated. “And it also benefits the idea of all of our businesses from our local residents and the people in our surrounding community can now come and keep the business in Darlington and the money in Darlington.”

The City of Darlington believes the Wal-Mart will bring 250 new jobs and additional development to the city.

“There were a lot of things that were barriers to us and to Wal-Mart too,” City of Darlington Mayor Tony Watkins said.

The SCDOT has approved the plans to add two turning lanes because Main Street did not have an intersection where the new Wal-Mart is being built, according to Mayor Watkins.

“The city is going to have to build some infrastructure here. We had to get everybody on board so that we can move forward on this,” Mayor Watkins said.

The city's water department is installing new underground water lines across from the construction site and the city plans to recoup some funds from this move, according to Darlington city leaders.

The construction will continue over the next nine months.

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