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July 14, 2009

NIAGARA FALLS: New enhanced Walmart opens on Military Road

Watching employees entering and exiting the new Walmart in Niagara Falls, Demetrius Young had only one question on his mind Tuesday morning.

“Is it finally open?” he asked.

Young arrived a little early — the new store doesn’t officially open until 7 a.m. today — but said he’s planning on making a return trip to the 24-hour supercenter on Military Road within the next couple of days.

“A lot of people have been waiting a long time for something like this to come here,” he said. “With the economy the way it is, people need to stretch their dollars further. And you can get everything at a Super Walmart.”

The new store, 1540 Military Road, is 204,000 square feet, which is 85,000 square feet larger than its previous location on Porter Road in the Town of Niagara. Like the chain’s other super stores, it offers a full line of groceries to complement more than 30 merchandise departments, such as apparel and accessories, health and beauty aids and an expanded electronics department.

Steven V. Restivo, director of corporate affairs northeast region, led media tours Tuesday as employees put the finishing touches on stocking shelves and placing signage. He highlighted numerous special amenities of the new store, the first one built in Western New York under Walmart’s new design. The aisles are wider, shelves are lower for improved line of sight and signage on every aisle helps customers find what they are looking for quickly. A bright interior color palette creates an inviting shopping experience and helps define the store’s different areas.

“I think we’re going to get a lot of ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs,’ ” Restivo said. “This is the latest and greatest Walmart store we have to offer in terms of branding, merchandise, customer service and sustainability.”

Entering the store, the grocery section greets customers to the right. The line includes a bakery, meat and dairy products, fresh produce and beverages and a deli serving fresh food and meals. Nearby, shoppers can quickly pick up hygiene products or items from the pharmacy.

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