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Ketchikan Walmart Ready to Reveal New Look

Store renovation brings more convenience, expanded selections for local shoppers

KETCHIKAN, Alaska, Oct. 5, 2010 – The Ketchikan Walmart, located at 4203 Don King Road, will celebrate a grand re-opening this week. The results of a three-month remodeling project will be unveiled during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m., Friday, Oct. 8. 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.

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

New Layout Improves Customer Experience

The remodeled Ketchikan store features a more open shopping environment with 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 Smith.

A bright interior paint scheme 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.

Grand Re-opening Activities Include Support for Local Organizations

The grand re-opening celebration is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 8, and will begin with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. During the ceremony, store associates will present a total of $69,500 in grants from the Walmart Foundation to local organizations, including:

  • Ketchikan’s General Hospital Foundation
  • Love I.N.C.
  • The Ketchikan School District
  • The Ketchikan Gateway Borough
  • The Ketchikan Gymnastics Club
  • Southeast Alaska Independent Living
  • Council for Annette Islands Reservation

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 8,600 retail units under 55 different banners in 15 countries. With fiscal year 2010 sales of $405 billion, Walmart employs more than 2.0 million associates worldwide. A leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity, Walmart ranked first among retailers in Fortune Magazine’s 2010 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.