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Kansas City, Kan., makes progress on ending food desert with new Wal-Mart

A 41,000-square-foot Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market opening Sept. 10 in Kansas City, Kan. — similar to this one in Overland Park — is not a Supercenter, but it will sell groceries and merchandise and employ as many as 95 people.
A 41,000-square-foot Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market opening Sept. 10 in Kansas City, Kan. — similar to this one in Overland Park — is not a Supercenter, but it will sell groceries and merchandise and employ as many as 95 people. THE KANSAS CITY STAR

The urban core of Kansas City, Kan., is getting a much needed economic development boost with the addition of a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market in the Argentine community.

The store is to open this summer at 25th Street and Metropolitan Avenue. It will end what had been a food desert in that part of the Kansas City area, where residents have had to travel long distances for fresh meats, fish, vegetables and fruit.

Wal-Mart announced that it will hire up to 95 associates for the location. A temporary hiring center has opened at 2414 S. 34th St., The Kansas City Star reports.

Applications will be accepted 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. People also can apply online at http://careers.walmart.com.

Now the city needs to work on ending the food desert in the Northeast community.

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