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  • Last week, we reported on how Target was promoting a low price image in the Minneapolis-St. Paul market, an approach that analysts said would only be appropriate until Wal-Mart started opening supercenters there.

    Well, Wal-Mart must be watching television…because the Business Journal of Minneapolis/St. Paul reports that the company has now announced that it is adding a grocery store to an existing discount store there, making it the first 210,000 Wal-Mart Supercenter in the Twin Cities.

  • The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) has applied to the provincial labor board in British Columbia to represent employees at a number of Wal-Mart tire centers. The next step will be for the labor board to hold a certification vote.

    Canada is providing Wal-Mart with some well-documented labor headaches, as it already is facing a certified union at one of its Quebec stores, and union movements in a number of other areas of the country.

  • Wal-Mart’s Asda Group in the UK announced that it plans to hire 2,000 employees for its 270 stores, using them to keep every one of the company’s 7,000 checkouts open on weekends before the Christmas holidays.

  • reports that Jeff McAllister, COO of Wal-Mart’s Japanese business, has said that while the company expects flat sales there in 2005, the company will use the time position itself for eventual expansion.

  • Wal-Mart announced the opening of its 40th outlet in China, a store in Wuhan, the capital city of Hubei province in central China. And it has said that it plans to open at least 10 more stores there next year.

  • To this point, Wal-Mart has operated 39 stores in 19 major Chinese cities, and employed more than 20,000 people there.
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