Wal-Mart grand opening Oct. 16Grant presentations announced
Thomaston — The newly relocated Wal-Mart will open Wednesday, Oct. 16, after a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7:30 a.m.
The new store at 55 Thomaston Commons Way will be open from 6 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week. It will provide area residents grocery and general merchandise needs. It also will offer pharmacy services.
The store is relocating from its previous location at 265 Camden St. in Rockland.
“I commend Wal-Mart for its growth and investment in the Thomaston community,” said Gov. Paul R. LePage in a press release Oct. 11.
“With this new store, Wal-Mart is now providing about 300 jobs to the community, as well as offering more merchandise and services. I also commend Wal-Mart for its dedication to fighting hunger by donating food to the area’s most needy. This is an example of how a business can truly invest in the community,” said LePage.
The grand opening celebration will also include presentations of $8,000 in grants from Wal-Mart and the Wal-Mart Foundation to local community groups.
Recipients of the grants will include: Oceanside High School West, $700; Oceanside High School East, $1,000; South Thomaston Fire Department, $1,000; Rockland Fire Department, $1,000; LifeFlight, $2,000; Friends of Midcoast Maine, $1,000; and Thomaston Police Department, $1,300.
In addition to the grants given as part of the grand opening, the new store will further Wal-Mart’s pledge to fight hunger in America. As part of Wal-Mart’s and the Wal-Mart Foundation’s $2 billion commitment to fight hunger through 2015, Wal-Mart stores in Maine donated approximately 4 million pounds of food, in fiscal year 2013, or the equivalent of 3.3 million meals.
Additionally, Wal-Mart and the Wal-Mart Foundation gave more than $7.8 million in fiscal year 2013 in Maine alone.
The newly relocated store employs approximately 300 full- and part-time associates, including 85 jobs created by the relocation. Store Manager Shawn Ames began his Wal-Mart career in 1999 as a grocery department manager.
“We are excited to offer customers one-stop shopping with the lowest prices in the area,” Ames said. “We invite the community to join us on Oct. 16 as we celebrate the grand opening of our relocated store.”
Wal-Mart is happy to be part of the community and is ready to celebrate with residents Saturday, Oct.19. A Big Family Welcome will give customers a chance to meet Ames and enjoy fun family activities such as face painting, cupcake decorating and free food samples while supplies last. Join the celebration from noon to 3 p.m.
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.
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