WAL-MART TO OPEN 33 UNITS

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — In its second round of mass openings this year, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will launch 33 stores Wednesday and use the occasion to contribute $320,000 to charities. The openings create more than 14,200 jobs.
Last January, in a three-day span, Wal-Mart opened 46 stores.
Wednesday’s round will include 29 supercenters and four discount stores in 22 states, including five stores in Texas, three in Georgia, three in Tennessee, and two stores each in Florida, Missouri and Wisconsin.
During grand-opening ceremonies, Wal-Mart associates will present checks to charities in their communities. Associates of approximately 3,500 Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club locations, including distribution centers, raised more than $190 million for local charities last year. On average, Wal-Mart supercenters employ 350 associates; discount stores, 150.
In the fiscal year that began Feb. 1, 2001, Wal-Mart plans to open about 40 discount stores, 170 to 180 supercenters, 15 to 20 neighborhood markets and 40 to 50 Sam’s Clubs in the U.S. Internationally, Wal-Mart plans to open 100 to 110 units.