COLUMBIA, S.C. — The $400 million AllSouth Credit Union has landed a Wal-Mart footprint after years of sticking to a traditional brick and mortar strategy.

The Columbia CU said the chance to open as many as seven in-store outlets during 2007-08 across the state was too good to pass up and so it decided to alter its expansion stance for a "more retail" approach.

The first new facility was opened May 9 in Batesburg-Leesville in a new Supercenter to be followed later in the year with branches during the summer and fall in Sumter, Camden and Lexington.

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