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    Wal-Mart Keeps Close Eye on Hanna with 300 Stores in Harm's Way

    The chain said Tropical Storm Hanna threatens many more stores that Gustav did, based on its predicted path.

    Wal-Mart Stores said Tuesday that about 300 of its stores lie in the path stormwatchers expect Tropical Storm Hanna to take, which is many more than were in the path of Hurricane Gustav. The Bentonville, Ark.-based chain said it is closely monitoring Hanna's path and severity to determine what steps it should take and when to safeguard its employees, customers, and facilities.

    The retail giant said it had just over 100 facilities, including Sam's Clubs and distribution centers, in Gustav's path. In that storm's aftermath, Wal-Mart said it hoped to reopen 20 stores in East Texas, Alabama, and Mississippi as early as sometime on Tuesday, if power was available and employees were allowed to return to the area.

    Wal-Mart spokesman Greg Rossiter said the company was not aware of any serious damage to its Gulf stores as a result of Gustav, and that it was working with officials on what was needed in the affected areas.

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