Thursday January 17, 2013

DERBY (AP) -- Retail giant Walmart is coming to the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.

The Caledonia Record reports that Walmart Corporation has signed a lease to build a Walmart Supercenter in Derby.

Alexandra Serra, public relations manager for Walmart in northern New England, said the store would create 300 new jobs in Derby. Construction is expected to start next year.

Gov. Peter Shumlin said during Tuesday’s announcement that he is "so enthusiastic" about Walmart coming to Derby because it will bring jobs to an area where unemployment has been higher than in the rest of the state.