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      Sam's Club approved by Jefferson City Planning & Zoning

      The state's capital city is one step closer to getting a Sam's Club outlet after the proposal cleared a key hurdle Thursday evening.

      The Jefferson City Planning & Zoning Commission unanimously approved a permit allowing construction of the 136,000-square-foot facility to go forward. The project's engineer told the commission the store would need to fill about 150-175 job openings once it is complete and said a bus stop will be included on the property. The store would be located behind the Menard's on Hard Rock Rd. on the west side of town. Jefferson City currently has two Wal-Mart outlets but no Sam's Club.

      Commission member Dale Vaughan told KRCG 13 he thought the Sam's Club would help offset job losses from the recent R.R. Donnelly plant closing. He said the city benefits from new commercial development. No one spoke in opposition to the project Thursday evening.

      The city council still needs to hold a public hearing on the project before voting on it. That hearing is currently set for Oct. 21. Vaughan said once the council approves the project, construction could start at any time.