DALLAS -- Walmart is promoting from within. 160,000 employees nationwide will get a raise in a year's time.

Tuesday, the chain store made the announcement by surprising four Dallas employees with promotions.

'It was very surprising, because I wasn't expecting it -- I was about to cry,' said Demetrius Scott, a seven-year store veteran.

The company used Tuesday's event as an opportunity to show that despite what critics say, many employees have long careers with their company.

Gisel Ruiz, the chief operating officer for Walmart U.S., flew into Dallas to personally announce the promotions at the east Dallas location.

'Everyone has their share of critics. At Walmart, that is not our focus,' Ruiz said. 'Our focus is about serving customers and providing everyday low prices.'

According to Walmart, 25,000 employees will receive promotions by the end of the year.


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