City officials in Masan South Korea have revealed that WalMart has applied for permission to build a new hypermarket in the city. The 5,600 sq m site should be open sometime in 2002, but no exact date could be given due to US investor protection laws. Masan city has already attracted some big name stores to the region including Shinsegae Masan Department Store, Samsung Tesco and Homeplus and its hoped the arrival of WalMart will bring more trade their way as well.