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October 12, 2013

Walmart kicks off 'reopening' with community donations

GREENSBURG – Shoppers who visited Walmart early Friday may have gotten quite an unexpected show as they passed near the front of the store on the grocery side shortly before 8 a.m.

Store management joined numerous associates and members of the Greensburg-Decatur County Chamber of Commerce for a ribbon cutting ceremony that closed the door on a 10-week remodel and opened the way to what team members of the retail giant believe will be a better local shopping experience.

Greensburg Walmart store manager Andy Dick described the two and half month revamp as “a journey” that has ended in a cleaner, more accessible store. Dick complimented the work of his associates and the remodel crew and thanked local customers for bearing with the store through its growing pains.

Those many labors have borne fruit in the form of new cash registers, added self-checkout lanes, a new bike rack and a cleaner overall appearance awash in the company’s familiar shade of blue from front to back.

With the new look in place, there was cause to celebrate Friday, and the store did so not only by cheering on the efforts that had gotten them this far, but also by giving back to the community store personnel hope to continue to serve.

Checks in the amount of $1,000 each were given to the Decatur County Council on Aging, the Greensburg Police Department and the Greensburg Fire Department. The North Decatur and South Decatur school systems each received $500 as did St. Mary’s Elementary School, Greensburg Elementary School and Carousel Play and Learn Center.

It was an act of giving that is nothing new for Greensburg Walmart or the corporation as a whole.

Walmart donates 10,000 pounds of food and approximately $10,000 annually in grants, the presentation revealed.

Greensburg Mayor Gary Herbert, upon doing some research of his own, told the group Friday morning that Walmart has contributed more than a billion dollars in charitable donations across the globe. Additionally, Walmart associates have given more than two million hours of their time to provide service to their customers.

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