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April 4, 2006

Albany--Wal-mart plans to build more than fifty stores in struggling neighborhoods around the country.

A lot of folks in east Albany hope that means the retail giant will come their way. In the past, Walmart has looked at the eastside as a potential store site.

Wal-mart plans to build in areas that have a high crime or need revitalization.

The company often accused of putting small stores out of business says it wants to a better community partner.

People in East Albany say that's good news.

"It would be nicer to go to one closer over here that's open 24 hours, and it'll give a lot of people some jobs," says Peggy Herring.

Walmart estimates the stores and other development  would generate between 15,000 and 25,000 jobs and more than $100 million in state and local tax revenue.

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