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Attention Wal-Mart customers, the store is now open

May 17, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The doors of a much-talked-about new Wal-Mart in Washington Township, Pa., open this morning, revealing the corporation's latest store design with tinted concrete floors, neutral paint colors and provisions to reduce noise.

The new supercenter in Rouzerville Commons was open Tuesday evening for associates, families and community leaders who took guided tours after 12 area organizations received $37,000 in donations from Wal-Mart.

"This money given to us by Wal-Mart will be instrumental in providing additional opportunities," Executive Director of the Waynesboro YMCA Alan Smith said.

Blue Ridge Summit Fire Chief John Fleagle explained earlier this week that his department will use Wal-Mart's contribution for a thermal imaging camera, which he said is especially useful during chimney fires.

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"With the thermal imaging camera, we can actually see fire through the wall," he said. "The camera is also available for use by the police department used in searching."

The store will continue to be a neighbor with the community, Assistant Manager Manuel Gonzalez said. Organizations seeking funding should visit the store and ask for a form that is then submitted to corporate officials, he said.

The store also will participate in the national initiatives to partner with Children's Miracle Network, Gonzalez said.

He led a tour of about 20 people through various departments and identified merchandise he personally found to have significant savings.

"Twenty dollars for a pair of jeans. Ten bucks for a shirt," he said passing through aisles of apparel including the new Metro 7 and George lines.

The group saw modern furniture across the aisle from rustic pieces.

"We've got it all, and it's at the right prices, too," Gonzalez said.

Several departments are situated on laminate hardwood flooring as opposed to the tinted concrete that fills the majority of the store.

"We've got this new floor. The longer it's in use, the shinier it will get. At one in point it'll turn more pinkish or beige," Gonzalez said.

In addition to the general merchandise, the new supercenter has a Tire Lube Express, Subway restaurant, vision center, portrait studio, hair salon, arcade area, pharmacy and wireless dealer.

Wal-Mart donated $1,500 each to Rotary Club of Waynesboro, Alexander Hamilton Memorial Free Library, Antietam Humane Society, the Waynesboro Area Senior High School athletics department, New Hope Shelter, Waynesboro Area Human Services Council, the Ruritan National Corp. and Waynesboro Area Business Education and Community Foundation.

Blue Ridge Summit Fire and Rescue Co., Washington Township Police Department and Waynesboro YMCA each were awarded $5,000. The new Wal-Mart joined with other area stores to contribute $10,000 to Children's Village of Washington County.

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