Mill Hall Walmart Expands Electronics Department, Adds Bright Color Scheme

Store to provide grants to community organizations at its re-opening ceremony Friday, Sept. 10

MILL HALL, Pa., Sept. 8, 2010 – The Mill Hall Walmart, located at 167 Hogan Blvd., 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 Mill Hall Walmart at 7:30 a.m., Friday, Sept. 10. 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 Jeannie Curchoe.

New Layout Improves Customer Experience

The remodeled Mill Hall 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 Curchoe.

Among the changes, Walmart has combined the Site-to-Store pick-up location and photo lab into a single area at the rear of the store. Customers now have ready access to these services as well as associates who can provide assistance as needed.

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.

A new 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. Representatives of the Veterans of Foreign Wars will present the colors, Walmart bakery manager Kimberleigh Cashner-Leonard will sing the national anthem, and Pastor Janis Heiser will give the invocation at the grand re-opening ceremony. Store manager Jeannie Curchoe will speak and customer service manager Lynne Karstetter, who has worked at the Mill Hall store for 20 years, the longest of any Mill Hall associate, will cut the ribbon to mark the official grand re-opening of the remodeled store.

In addition, State Rep. Michael K. Hanna Sr., and Michael K. Flanagan, president and chief executive officer of the Clinton County Economic Partnership, will attend the event. The Powerhouse All Star Cheerleaders will perform the Walmart cheer, and Tiadaghton Queen Emily Cook will make an appearance. Numerous product samples and giveaways will be available throughout the day from Pepsi, Utz, Nabisco, Frito-Lay, Stroehmann and more. Clowns, character appearances and balloons will add to the grand re-opening festivities.

The Mill Hall store will continue its support of the community by giving $5,000 in grants from the Walmart Foundation to four local organizations. The grant recipients include: Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Toys for Tots, the Clinton County Women’s Shelter, and the Mark the Shark Toy Drive.

“I would hope a number of businesses and individuals in our county will follow Walmart’s lead and put something back into the local community by supporting our annual toy drive,” said Mark Schlesinger of the annual Mark the Shark Toy Drive which is now in its 17th year.“The Mill Hall Walmart store came on board with us about 10 years ago. We appreciate the store’s support as 100 percent of the grant money donated to our toy drive goes directly to help roughly 20 different agencies in Clinton County,” he added.

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have also 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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