Orange Walmart expands
Community event today
ORANGE — Residents and passersby will now be able to buy groceries, general merchandise, toys, electronics and pharmacy items in the same place — after the town’s Walmart unveiled its 34,000-square-foot expansion earlier this week.
The 106,000-square-foot store’s new departments include fabrics, produce, meat, frozen foods, dairy and full dry grocery. The expansion allowed for the hiring of 85 new employees, which now bumps the staff total to about 200.
The store, located at 555 E. Main St., will continue to be open 7 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week.
Walmart has planned “A Big Family Welcome” community event at the store today, from noon to 3 p.m., with free food samples and family activities.
“We are thrilled the Orange Walmart store is expanding and bringing new job opportunities to our area,” said Richard Sheridan, former chairman of the Orange Board of Selectman, in a prepared statement. “Walmart is a generous community partner, and the way it has handled the expansion has been phenomenal.”
The expansion, which took about 11 months to complete, aimed to provide customers with “full-service, one-stop shopping,” said Walmart spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg.
“Grocery is an area that our customers have come to expect because they know Walmart can deliver fresh, affordable and healthy food choices,” she said.
Tony Bussolari, who has managed the store for nearly a year, said that the store’s layout has also been changed to help provide faster service.
At Wednesday’s grand opening, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation awarded a total of $7,000 in grants to several community groups: the Athol and Orange fire and police departments, Athol Orange Community Television, Athol Lions Club and Athol Memorial Hospital.
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