Wal-Mart Supercenter holds grand openingMore photos added
Thomaston — The Wal-Mart Supercenter at Thomaston Commons held its long-awaited ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 16.
Thomaston Town Manager Valmore Blastow was on hand to welcome Wal-Mart.
"It has been a long journey with many players since April of 2000," said Blastow during the grand opening.
Store Manager Shawn Ames commended his team of more than 300 associates and fellow management for their teamwork in getting the store ready on time.
"We dealt with many obstacles," said Ames, who has been with Wal-Mart since 1999. He said the new technology of Telxon units and computers were the culprits.
More than 100 supporters were in attendance for the opening.
During the ceremony, Ames — on behalf of Wal-Mart — presented $8,000 in grants to local organizations.
Following the ribbon-cutting, the community was welcomed into the new super center.
Touted as a one-stop shopping experience, the new store features general merchandise, including apparel, electronics, toys, sporting goods, and lawn and garden items. It also offers a full line of groceries, including organic and natural selections in addition to local favorites.
The pharmacy offers a full range of products and services. Pharmacy team members can answer product and prescription questions and customers can ask about health and wellness solutions.
The Thomaston store employs approximately 300 full- and part-time associates, including 85 jobs created by the relocation.
The community will have a chance to meet Ames at the Big Family Welcome scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 19, from noon until 3 p.m. The public is invited to enjoy fun family activities such as face painting, cupcake decorating and free food samples while supplies last.
The Rhode Island-based Ocean State Job Lot signed a purchase and sales agreement May 2 to move into now vacant Wal-Mart building on Camden Street.
Rockland's Code Enforcement Officer John Root said Oct. 9 the city has yet to receive official word of Ocean State's plans.
Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.
Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington, and Thomaston and RSU40.
Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.
Aside from photography, Beth enjoys running and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 13.
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