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Wal-Mart adding new locations in northern Idaho

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POST FALLS, Idaho. - Idaho is on its way to having wall-to-wall Wal-Marts, with another two stores planned for northern Idaho.

A new $10.3 million, 150,000-square-foot supercenter is due to start within days in Post Falls, while another location in Hayden isn't far behind, city officials say.

In Post Falls, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. spokesman Josh Phair said site work will likely start within two weeks and construction typically takes 9-12 months.

Wal-Mart has planned a 200,000-square-foot store in Hayden at the southwest corner of Honeysuckle and U.S. 95 for about six years.

Phair says construction will likely start before 2010 and should be complete by late next summer.

That would bring Idaho's total of Wal-Mart-affiliated stores to at least 24, according to the company's Web site. The company has nearly 7,000 workers in Idaho and is among the state's biggest employers.

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