Walmart of Bellefontaine celebrated its 34th year and a grand re-opening after renovations during a Friday morning ceremony, which also took the time to honor its approximately 300 associates, including eight veterans who work at the store, and to make several donations to area organizations.
“Our store has been serving the Bellefontaine community since 1988 and we are so excited to invite the community to join us in the celebration,” said Walmart Store Manager Kristi Terzo. “We’re also excited because the upgrades that were made to our store will not only offer our customers a fresh new look, but the innovations will make it easier for our associates to get customers what they want, when they want it.”
Building on its commitment to the communities it serves, the Bellefontaine Supercenter, 2281 S. U.S. Route 68, is among the 26 stores throughout the state of Ohio that Walmart has or will update and remodel this year as part of a more than $130 million investment.
During the opening ceremony and ribbon cutting Friday, representatives from Benjamin Logan Athletic Boosters, the Bellefontaine Police Department and Bellefontaine Fire Department were on hand for check presentations.
Walmart of Bellefontaine donated $500 to Benjamin Logan Athletic Boosters, $5,000 to the Bellefontaine Police Department and $4,000 to the Bellefontaine Fire Department.
The ceremony also included remarks from Walmart representatives, Bellefontaine Mayor Ben Stahler, and a performance by the Bellefontaine High School jazz band. The National Anthem was performed by Walmart bakery associate Chris Hildreth-Blair.
The celebration also included free samples to customers, a craft table for kids, The Drake & Co. food truck on site and race cars from Shady Bowl Speedway on display.
In addition to the local jobs the investment supports, these store transformations create an updated experience for customers, including expanded shopping options to help people save time and money, store representatives noted.
Along with the refreshed and modernized fixtures, lighting and signage inside the store, the customers will enjoy the transformation at the front end of the store to provide more convenience. Special services available at this location include: free grocery pickup, pharmacy curbside pickup, delivery service, express delivery (for deliveries in under two hours), and Walmart Pay, a touch-free way to pay.