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Walmart unveils remodel, new grocery section in grand opening

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 2nd, 2013

photo by Rhonda Worley Cottage Grove Chamber of Commerce Director Travis Palmer helps Mayor Tom Munroe cut the ribbon to officially open Walmart's remodeled grocery operation on Wednesday morning, March 27.

For many the moment they had been waiting for finally came at 8 a.m. last Wednesday with the grand opening of Walmart’s new grocery expansion. Many Walmart brass as well as Cottage Grove dignitaries met for the ribbon cutting, with Cottage Grove Mayor Tom Munroe delivering the opening remarks.

“This Walmart expansion will help Cottage Grove citizens as well as the outlying population to a broader selection of consumer goods and services,” Munroe said. “With this much-needed addition of a new grocery outlet, it is my hope that the product prices will level out locally.”

Local Walmart store manager Anna Steeprow was elated with the addition of 23,000 square feet as well as the hiring of 60-75 more employees. The construction took a little over a year, not counting the permit and planning process.

“I’m really excited to bring this to the community,” said Steeprow. “I was really looking forward to it when I got here. I knew we tried before and Walmart backed out of it. I’m so glad I got to be here to do it. It was a great experience. I got to meet a lot of the community members, and I’m hoping to save people money so we can live better.”

Chamber of Commerce director Travis Palmer also looked at the expansion as a positive change for Cottage Grove.

For the complete article see the 04-03-2013 issue.

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