(06/13/2001)
West Virginia Wal-Marts have accepted at least $12.5 million in tax incentives based on economic development, and more taxpayer millions in the development of infrastructure to their stores, such as roads, water and sewage. Wal-Marts corporate headquarters decided the processing of $150 clothing vouchers caused too much work for the company, although the retail giant collected $3 million of the $8 million program last year. DHHR representatives were trying to change their mind yesterday, and Wal-Mart executives were flying in.

A Wal-Mart spokesperson, apparently responding to public outcry, said the stores will participate.

Doris Ferrell, manager of Grantsville's Dollar General Store said "We have always taken care of our customers. The people who shop here know that."

Doris Ferrell says Dollar General "has taken care of customers"

Both Dollar General and Family Dollar will honor the vouchers. Martha Newell, manager of Family Dollar said "We'll take all the business we can get. The few extra minutes filling out the voucher is appreciated by most of our customers."

Martha Newell says customers have appreciated the stores effort

"Actually, our prices are much better than Wal-Mart," concluded Ferrell.


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