Hazard Walmart Unveils New Design

Renovated store offers a glimpse into the next generation of shopping

HAZARD, Ky., June 1, 2010 – The Hazard Walmart, located at 120 Daniel Boone Plaza, will celebrate a grand re-opening this week, giving local shoppers a glimpse of the company’s next generation of store design and customer experience. The results of a three-month remodeling project will be unveiled at the Hazard Walmart Friday, June 4, during a grand re-opening ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Among the many improvements are a new layout, wider aisles, low-profile shelving, bright interior paint scheme, enhanced lighting and easy-to-read signage to make the shopping experience more convenient for customers than ever before.

“We listened to our customers and have redesigned the store to make shopping at Walmart even easier,” said store manager Greg Salyer.

New Layout Improves Customer Experience

The remodeled Hazard store features a more open shopping environment with wider aisles that contain no product displays. Walmart also aligned the departments that customers shop most frequently, making it quicker to purchase everyday items.

“The new layout is easier to navigate, which will save our customers time as they shop for necessities,” said Salyer.

A bright interior paint scheme and enhanced lighting create a more inviting shopping experience and help define the store’s merchandise areas. Low-profile shelving creates an improved sightline and directional signage helps customers find the products they need.

Expanded Departments Add Value and Savings

The remodel also brings Walmart customers an expanded electronics department featuring a wide selection of the latest consumer electronics and home entertainment. The new design includes a more hands-on experience for customers with interactive displays for hi-definition Blu-ray, video gaming and portable electronics. The interactive experience enables shoppers to test new technology including laptops, cameras, phones and GPS units before purchase.

Shoppers looking to grab a quick lunch or dinner will have more choices in the store’s conveniently located deli. The store also features an expanded frozen food department and a broader assortment of dry grocery items including baking goods.

A redesigned department called Celebration Station has been added and will feature party supplies, greeting cards, balloons and helium tanks, cake supplies and gift wrap.

Grand Re-opening Activities Include Support for Local Organizations

The grand re-opening celebration is scheduled for Friday, June 4, at 8:30 a.m. and will begin with a
ribbon-cutting ceremony by Mayor Bill Gorman, who will join a group of employees who have been with the store since the original opening in 1989. The community is invited to join Hazard Band of Gold as they perform the national anthem and as Disabled American Veterans Chapter 64 present the colors. The store will serve cake and punch to the community during the grand re-opening celebration.

During the ceremony, store associates will present grants from the Walmart Foundation to local service organizations, including Highlands Center of Autism, Veterans of Foreign Wars, March of Dimes, Caney Creek Community Center and Kentucky River Development.

“Walmart is an outstanding community member,” said Gorman. “We appreciate the support Walmart provides our community with their resources, both financial and with volunteers. The investment in the remodeling of our Hazard store also shows Walmart’s belief in and commitment to our community,” he continued.

About Walmart

Every week, millions of customers visit Walmart stores, Neighborhood Markets, and Sam’s Club locations across America or log on to its online store at www.walmart.com. The company and its Foundation are committed to a philosophy of giving back locally. Walmart is proud to support the causes that are important to customers and associates right in their own neighborhoods, and last year gave more than $467 million in cash and in kind gifts to local communities in the United States. More information about Walmart can be found by visiting www.walmartstores.com.

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EDITOR’S NOTES

  • Greg Salyer, store manager, can provide details about the grand re-opening, offer quotes for interviews and arrange for photo opportunities or preview tours. He can be contacted at
  • 606-439-1882.
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  • Walmart PR and Brand Reputation: 800-331-0085
  • Walmart information online: www.walmartstores.com; merchandise sales: www.walmart.com
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