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Retailer Plans Tucson Distribution Center to Reach Mexico

October 13, 1994

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) _ In a move seen as capitalizing on the North American Free Trade Agreement, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will open an export-distribution center in Tucson.

Wal-Mart said Wednesday it will build a facility that will employ up to 300 people. Construction should begin late this month, and the center should be shipping goods to Mexico by April.

The Bentonville, Ark.-based company, the largest retailer in the United States, already has a warehouse southwest of Phoenix. It has 35 retail outlets throughout Arizona.

Juan Nagore, senior vice president for the Greater Tucson Economic Council, said Wal-Mart informed his group that the new facility will serve a territory stretching from Tijuana to El Paso, and extending as far south as Guadalajara. Nagore said Wal-Mart has moved aggressively to establish stores in Mexico in response to NAFTA, an agreement among the United States, Canada and Mexico that virtually eliminates trade and investment barriers by 2009.

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