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Horizon City Walmart opens doors to new jobs, economic growth
By: Stacey Welsh
HORIZON CITY, Texas -- Horizon City's first Walmart Supercenter provides about 300 jobs to the community. That includes full-time and part-time work, and a company representative said the average worker there makes about $12 an hour.
The new store opened Wednesday, and it is also the reason Taco Bell and Whataburger locations are moving in nearby.
"It's almost a moment of arrival for us as far as the big national firms go," Horizon City Mayor Walter Miller said.
Miller also expects new housing developments to go up thanks to the Walmart location.
"We welcome it because it will diversify our tax base and take some of the burden off our residential homeowners," Miller said.
An employee at a local supermarket who did not want to talk to KFOX14 on camera said he is not worried about the competition with Walmart. He said his store will continue to keep meat prices lower than Walmart. However, he does think Walmart being nearby will hurt their produce sales.
"In reality, this is a commuter community. To some degree, [local businesses] have been competing against the majors all along because most of the people here have jobs elsewhere," Miller said.
Residents KFOX14 spoke with are also excited their teenagers can find part-time jobs closer to home with new stores opening up.
"We've been waiting for a Walmart for a long time. We're happy for the other businesses coming in, and this will open up for a lot more people to be here," Horizon City resident Jesus Aguilar said.