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Wal-Mart expanding in Chambersburg

February 22, 1997

By RICHARD BELISLE

Staff Writer

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Business has been so good in the five years since Wal-Mart opened on Lincoln Way East that the company has decided to double the store's size and add a grocery store and another 200 employees, a company spokesman said Friday.

Keith Morris, speaking from Wal-Mart headquarters in Arkansas, said the company submitted preliminary plans for its expansion to the Guilford Township Supervisors this week. Construction won't begin until next year, officials said.

"We've seen incredible growth in Chambersburg," Morris said. Expanding the current store into a Wal-Mart Supercenter will bring the business' total square feet to nearly 200,000, he said.

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The grocery store will feature meat and seafood departments, a bakery and a deli. "It will be like any supermarket," Morris said.

The expansion will be the chain's third supercenter store in the Tri-State Area, Morris said.

The region's first was built in Hagerstown and one is in the planning stages in Martinsburg, W.Va.

The company also is moving into the Charles Town, W.Va., market with a regular store now under construction.

There is a Wal-Mart in Frederick, Md., but none is planned for Waynesboro, Pa., Morris said.

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