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Supercenter celebrates opening today

June 14, 2000

Wal-Mart's Supercenter at 17850 Garland Groh Blvd. will open today with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8 a.m.

Jeff Gordon's race car will be at the site, and the Energizer Bunny, Pillsbury Dough Boy and Keebler Elf will be in attendance. A barbershop quartet will sing.

"We're thrilled to death it's ready to open," said Lisa Coleman, Hagerstown's Wal-Mart community involvement coordinator. "The store's really come together. We expect thousands of people to be here, waiting at the door."

In addition to its 36 general merchandise departments, the Supercenter will have a Tire and Lube Express, vision center, Radio Grill, portrait studio and a bank. It will be open 24 hours a day.

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The store takes up five acres, twice the size of Wal-Mart's previous store at 1650 Wesel Blvd. That store is now closed.

Sam's Club there will remain open.

"The other store is a skeleton store," she said. "You know how frustrating it is moving out of a house. We moved an entire store."

There are plans for a second Super Wal-Mart to be built near Funkstown.

- Josh Poltilove

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