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Shepherdsville Walmart already attracting more businesses

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SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Creating more opportunities to shop and stay in Bullitt County, a new Walmart being built in Shepherdsville is also helping bring in more business.

John Snider, the Executive Director of the Bullitt County Economic Development Authority says, "It seems to be doing very well, the March opening. Everyone seems to be excited in the community about it being here and right next to the interstate is a great location for it."

People are watching the progress on the new Walmart. Crews are painting the gas station and working on the exterior of the building.

"We have watched it go from the very beginning when it was nothing but land. He's been able to watch it as they put it up," shopper Debra Haycraft said.
She said seeing the diggers and bulldozers make it exciting for her grandson to watch.

The Walmart is 180,000 square feet and just the construction of the store is already attracting more business.

"There are other things coming. We're not ready to announce them yet, but we're expecting another little strip mall here. We expect several different restaurants and we expect a lot of activity at this exit," said Snider.

He told WDRB the strip mall will be built across from the Walmart. With parking, it will take the whole plot of land.

"I think it's good to have more restaurants and stuff like that and more places to shop to where you don't have to go to Timbuktu  to go somewhere," said Haycraft.

"I think what's happened over past 10-15 years, you've seen community grow from 20,000 or 30,000 people to 75,000. It's got about 3 thousand people per year moving into the county one way or another and that growth is just phenomenal," added Snider.

Snider says the quality of public education in the area is another draw for people to move to Bullitt County. Adding new stores and restaurants will also keep money in the county since many leave to shop in Louisville.

Some local businesses told WDRB News they aren't happy that Walmart is moving in, but many others are glad to see it. 

Walmart is expecting to hire 300 employees, part-time and full-time.

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