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Walmart opening on track for August

I want to know when the new Walmart will open? Before Christmas? I am sure that everyone here in town would like to know. You know, jobs, etc.? I bet the Walmart people don't even know yet. There was no mention of it online in the searches I did.

— Dick M., Medford

Dick, while no exact date has been set, the 192,903-square-foot Walmart Superstore, taking shape on South Pacific Highway, looks to open in August, a few months earlier than expected.

Delia Garcia, Walmart's media director, said in an email that the North Medford store will close for expansion — an additional 25,387 square feet — and the Talent store will close permanently the day before the new store opens.

In February, a company news release said the new location will employ about 375 associates. However, 185 employees from the North store, which will be closed until fall 2013, as well as employees from the Talent store, will be given the opportunity to transfer to the new one.

Nonetheless, there will still be jobs to choose from. Garcia said Walmart will be looking to fill positions in all areas, including sales, management, inventory and the pharmacy. Anyone interested can apply at careers.walmart.com.

Oh, and Dick. "Save money. Live better."