By Jeff Holmquist, Managing Editorjholmquist@rivertowns.net
The shelves are stocked, the employees are trained and the Wal-Mart greeters are ready with their smiles.
Let the New Richmond super center experience begin.
When the clock strikes 8 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, shoppers will stream into the new 155,000-square-foot store on the southern edge of the city. An official ribbon-cutting ceremony will precede the opening at 7:30 a.m.
From Oct. 26 on, the store will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The only day Wal-Mart will be closed is Christmas.
The anticipated opening is the culmination of several years of planning, and about nine months of construction. “It’s starting off with a roar,” store manager Sandy Schleicher said in an interview Monday. “The associates are excited, the management team is excited, and everybody in the community is excited. We’re so happy to be here.”
The store will include everything from groceries to electronics to clothing to sporting goods. A Papa Murphy’s, snack bar, quick lube and other services are also planned.