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Kodiak Walmart Unveils New Design

Renovated store offers a glimpse into the next generation of shopping

KODIAK, Alaska, Oct. 26, 2009 - The Walmart located at 2911 Mill Bay Road, will celebrate a grand re-opening this week, giving local shoppers a glimpse of the company's next generation of store design and customer experience. The results of a three-month remodeling project will be unveiled at the Kodiak Walmart on Wednesday, Oct. 28, during a grand re-opening ceremony at 9:30 a.m.

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 than ever before. 

"We listened to our customers and have redesigned the store to make shopping at Walmart even easier," said store manager Brian Keith.

New Layout Improves Customer Experience
The remodeled Kodiak store features a more open shopping environment with wider 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 Keith.

A bright interior paint scheme and enhanced lighting creates a more inviting shopping experience and helps 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 video gaming and portable electronics.

A new department called Celebration Station has been added and will feature party supplies, greeting cards, balloons and helium tanks, cake supplies and gift wrap. 

Grand Re-Opening Activities Include Support for Local Organizations
The grand re-opening celebration is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 28, and will begin with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9:30 a.m. During the ceremony, store associates will present grants from the Walmart Foundation to local service organizations.

About Walmart
Every week, millions of customers visit Walmart stores, Neighborhood Markets, and Sam's Club locations across America or log on to its online store at www.walmart.com. The company and its Foundation are committed to a philosophy of giving back locally. Walmart (NYSE: WMT) is proud to support the causes that are important to customers and associates right in their own neighborhoods, and last year gave more than $378 million to local communities in the United States. More information about Walmart can be found by visiting www.walmartstores.com.

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