Thursday, June 9, 2011
Walmart completes renovations
By SUE WATSON
The grand reopening of Walmart in Holly Springs was celebrated Friday by employees, officials from the city and special guests.
Larry Bean, store manager, said the first remodeling since the new Walmart Supercenter opened six years ago was to keep up with customers’ demands and to provide better shopping convenience.
Some visible changes include a resurfacing of the floors, a weather television inside that provides real-time temperature and time, an expanded electronics department and improved labeling of aisles. New signage inside the store helps guide customers through the general merchandise and grocery aisles.
Walmart introduced a new branding symbol, the spark.
A company project is to update each store with new fixtures and services every seven years on average, Bean said.
In fact, the plans for remodeling began three years ago, according to Brad Sullivan, marketing manager.
The reopening was blessed with prayer by Rev. Tracy Jeffries, then blessed again by Mayor Andre’ DeBerry, who thanked Walmart for the jobs created and financial investment it has made in the city.
“The store really looks good,” he said. “Thanks for selecting the Holly Springs store for renovation.”
Rebecca Bourgeois, director of the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce, congratulated Walmart and Bean on the “beautiful renovation.”
“Larry is one of a few who will walk into my office and say, ‘What can we do to make a better community?’ ” she said. “We look forward to working with Walmart towards the future of Holly Springs.”
Sullivan praised Bean for his management of the store and said the store has been profitable. Bean was brought in three years ago to manage the facility.
“Everybody’s job at Walmart is to save people money so they can live better,” he said. “That’s what this country is founded upon, an opportunity to provide products customers can afford.”
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