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SURF CITY, NC (WWAY) — Surf City is now home to a new Walmart, but this Walmart is a little different than what you are probably used to.

It’s music to Walmart shoppers’ ears in Pender County.

“I would either have to go to Jacksonville or Wilmington, so I really appreciate it being closer to home,” Nancy Smith said.

Smith says she would make the those Walmart stores once or twice a month, but now with the new Walmart Neighborhood Market in Surf City, she will not have to anymore.

“It saves me a lot of travel time,” Smith said.

The Neighborhood Market near the intersection of NC 50 and NC 210 is about one-quarter of the size of a Walmart Supercenter and set up like a grocery store with a pharmacy.

“We know it’s a tough time in the economy, and we want to help them save money so they can live better,” store manager Tim Bass said.

Also about to live better are the 100 people filling the new positions at the store.

“There is a lot of people that have to travel a distance to find a good job,” Surf City Mayor Zander Guy said. “Now, the opportunity, if they meet the qualifications here, they can stay here.”

Management also hopes the new store creates a lasting relationship with the community.

“We are just looking forward to being here for a while,” Bass said.

The Neighborhood Market is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and it is still hiring.


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