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Wal-Mart Canada, a unit of U.S.-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc. , said it plans to open 40 supercentres in the country this year by spending more than $500-million that will generate about 9,200 jobs.

The supercentre format, which was launched in Canada in 2006, offers groceries and general merchandise under one roof.

The company, which already has centres in Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan, is bringing the supercentres to two more provinces, Manitoba and Quebec.

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The current project includes building new stores and expanding, remodelling or relocating existing stores, Wal-Mart Canada said in a statement.

By January, 2012, the unit's store count is expected to be 333 - 164 supercentres and 169 discount stores.

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