Inside and Out, Walmart in Chanute Gets a New Look

Remodel brings more convenience and more savings on popular products

CHANUTE, Kan., Sept. 1, 2010 – The Chanute Walmart, located at 2700 S. Santa Fe, 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 Chanute Walmart, Friday, Sept. 10, during a grand re-opening ceremony at 7:30 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 Shel Miner.

New Layout Improves Customer Experience

The remodeled Chanute 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 Miner.

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, Sept. 10, at 7:30 a.m., and will begin with a ribbon-cutting ceremony by members of Chanute Chamber and a group of charter associates who have been with the store since the original opening in 1975. The community is welcome to join local singer Jennifer Colston as she performs the national anthem and as Chanute American Legion members present the colors. The celebration will include an invocation by Joe Johnson. 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 store and the Walmart Foundation to local service organizations, including Marine Toys for Tots, Main Street Chanute, Inc., KVC Behavioral Healthcare, Inc., Fire Escape Youth Ministry, Inc., Cherry Street Youth Center, City of Chanute Fire Department, One Incorporated, and General Council of the Assembly of God.

"We are very pleased about Walmart making additional investments in the community in the way of the remodeling of our local store,” said J.D. Lester, city manager. "The upgrading of the store demonstrates Walmart's belief in and commitment to Chanute. We very much appreciate Walmart and their employees for being active parts of the community as well as providing local shoppers a wide variety of goods and services, which meet the needs of today's consumer," he continued.

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have committed $2 billion to U.S. hunger relief efforts through 2015. The Fighting Hunger Together campaign will also engage Walmart customers and associates in the fight against hunger. More information can be found at walmart.com/fightinghunger.

About Walmart

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT), or “Walmart,” serves customers and members more than 200 million times per week at more than 8,400 retail units under 55 different banners in 15 countries. With fiscal year 2010 sales of $405 billion, Walmart employs more than 2 million associates worldwide. A leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity, Walmart ranked first among retailers in Fortune Magazine’s 2009 Most Admired Companies survey. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting www.walmartstores.com and on Twitter at http://Twitter.com/walmart. Online merchandise sales are available at www.walmart.com and www.samsclub.com.

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