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Orange Walmart expands

Community event today

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David Shoemaker of the Warwick Police departmant helps direct traffic outside Orange Walmart after it opened a new supermarket addition, which has necessidated  parking and traffic flow changes.

Recorder/Mike Phillips David Shoemaker of the Warwick Police departmant helps direct traffic outside Orange Walmart after it opened a new supermarket addition, which has necessidated parking and traffic flow changes.

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.

You can reach Chris Shores at:
cshores@recorder.com
or 413-772-0261, ext. 264

Well the small town of Orange hasn't had NOT 1 of the problems that the "so called" traffic concerns in the made up concerns and continuous blocking of the Walmart that I want and so many other people who live in this town. So far an outsider has done so much to prevent the new jobs and the much needed income this town needs. Also the Walmart in Northampton claims their Walmart has helped the small shops by bringing in consumers who otherwise would not have gone to the city.

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