Walmart’s new home office to affect more than just its employees

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BENTONVILLE, Ark. (KNWA)– Making headlines, Walmart has rolled out its new home office design plan.
 
The company is responsible for employing just under 50,000 people in Arkansas.
 
With the new campus-style home office, it will be helping more than just the employees that wear it’s name tag.
 
Stephanie Orman, the Mayor of Bentonville, said “We will make Bentonville the city that can compete with any city across the globe for the best and brightest talent.”
 
With Walmart’s plan for a new home office unveiled, the city of Bentonville braces for the positive impact the 350 acre facility will bring.
 
Mayor Orman shares her excitement about the diversity the city will see after individuals and families relocate to Bentonville.
 
“With the new home office, we will continue to see our city expand economically and culturally,” she said.
 
But it’s not just about the people coming into town, it’s about the local businesses that have dug its roots into the city.
 
“It’s going to be really good for us,” said Sierra Scott, a barista at Heroes Coffee.
 
Heroes Coffee isn’t far from the current home office, or the new location on the east side of J-street.
 
Scott said she serves lots of Walmart associates now, and she’s ready to serve even more after the home office is completed.
 
“We’re excited. We just say come on over because we’re ready to serve ya,” she said.
 
Scott expects the shop’s business to increase with Walmart’s new addition.
 
With the building materials being regionally sourced, Governor Asa Hutchinson said it will create jobs for various groups including loggers and those producing the timber for construction.
 
He said, “The fact that they chose a really new design of the structure, which will be cross laminated timber, using southern pine coming from South Arkansas, that we have such an abundance supply, this is a real commitment of Walmart  to the state of Arkansas.”
 
Demolition and construction of the future home office will begin this summer.

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