US retail corporation Wal-Mart Stores is planning to establish a supercentre at Lehigh Valley Industrial Park VII in south Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

After already owning two fulfillment centres in Bethlehem that would boost its e-commerce business, the company now aims at building its first brick-and-mortar store in the city.

The new 158,000ft² store is expected to create approximately 300 new jobs.

"We are very grateful to the city of Bethlehem for working with us on this new supercentre."

The new facility will feature a grocery area, a garden centre, a full-service pharmacy, as well as a wide range of general merchandise.

Wal-Mart Pennsylvania public affairs and government relations director Jason Klipa was quoted by The Morning Call as saying: "We are very grateful to the city of Bethlehem for working with us on this new supercentre.

"We look forward to offering a convenient location for fresh, affordable groceries and merchandise, in addition to providing good-paying jobs."

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According to a company spokesperson, Wal-Mart is currently seeking approval process for the supercentre.

Last year, Wal-Mart opened a new 1.2 million square feet facility in the Majestic Bethlehem Centre, as well as a one million square feet facility in Lehigh Valley Industrial Park VII.

Image: Wal-Mart at North Carolina. Photo: courtesy of Mike Kalasnik from Fort Mill, USA/Wikipedia.