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October 12, 2013

Walmart kicks off 'reopening' with community donations

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Those figures laid the groundwork for Herbert’s speech, who noted his gratitude for Walmart being a part of the Greensburg and Decatur County community.

The mayor also complimented the store’s associates saying, “No business can be successful without its employees.”

Several of those associates finished up the presentation with the famous “Walmart Cheer,” which involved shouts and clapping from a large group of exuberant team members.

That bit of spectacle was preceded by a bagpipe rendition of Amazing Grace by American Legion member John Tumilty. Tumilty was accompanied by Color Guard members who stood by throughout the ceremony.

Adding to the patriotic spirit was customer service manager Darin Rae Balser’s rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner, which drew loud cheers.

Dr. Michael Layne led the group in prayer prior to the ceremony’s official start, asking for continued success for the company and guidance for local, state and national leaders during difficult economic times.

The ribbon cutting itself was overseen by Greensburg-Decatur County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jeff Emsweller and Chamber members Diane Hart-Dawson and Jenni Hanna. A group of associates who have been with Walmart for 25 years or more had the honor of slicing the ribbon Friday morning. The group was also applauded by their fellow employees and management teams for their long tenure with the company.

The hard work of the store’s many associates, no matter their length of time with the retailer, came up several times during Friday’s presentation.

Andy Dick called the effort of his crew “outstanding” and applauded the work of store associates over the course of the 10-week endeavor.

“You’ve done wonderful work, every one of you,” the store manager said.

Contact: Brent Brown 812-663-3111 x7056

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