BERLIN — After a years-long approval and construction process, the new Super Walmart on Route 50 in Berlin opened early Wednesday morning amid much fanfare and ceremony.
The cavernous new 85,000-square-foot store dwarfs the company’s former facility on the site, which opened in 1999. The old store will eventually be torn down and the site will be paved over to create parking for the new facility, which officially opened around 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday and will be open 24 hours a day. In the meantime, shuttles are transporting customers from five stops around the old parking area.
The Super Walmart had been in the planning pipeline for several years before ground was broken on the new facility over a year ago. Store Manager Scott Ficca, who served as master of ceremonies for Wednesday’s ribbon cutting and official opening, said the new store was worth the wait.
“Our customers have waited a long time for this day to come,” he said. “It’s finally here.”
The new store creates a one-stop shopping opportunity for residents and visitors including traditional Walmart merchandise along with a vast grocery section, a pharmacy, auto repair, photo lab and just about everything else consumers need. The bright interior colors create an inviting shopping experience and helps define the store’s merchandise areas. Lower shelving creates improved sightlines and directional signage on every aisle helps customers easily find what they are looking for.
Store associate Tabitha Cartwright sang the national anthem at the start of Wednesday’s ceremony and another store associate, Cathy Shockley, delivered a stirring invocation, tying the recent passing of Easter to the store’s opening.
“The Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross for us, and now we have a Super Wal-Mart,” she said during Wednesday’s proceedings.
The new Super Walmart, like all new Walmart stores, includes energy-efficient technology and environmentally friendly features to reduce energy and water consumption and minimize waste. The store’s skylights utilize daylight to reduce the amount of energy required to light the facility by up to 75 percent. LED lighting in the store operates 70 percent more efficiently than traditional fluorescent lighting.
TAYLORSVILLE — Police are looking for a thief who walked up to a group of Girl Scouts selling cookies outside a Taylorsville store and made off with their money.
Investigators say members of Troop 2532 were selling cookies at a stand outside a Walmart store when a man in his 20s approached them late Saturday afternoon.
Lt. Justin Hoyal of the Unified Police Department says the man acted as if he was going to buy some cookies, then reached across the table for the cash box and ran away with it.
The man fled in an older model silver 4-door sedan driven by a woman.
The amount of money stolen wasn’t disclosed but police say it represented all the cash proceeds from a day of selling more than 1,000 boxes.
The money was targeted to help the homeless and pay for Girl Scout camp.
A Mount Holly couple saw more than they would’ve liked when shopping at Walmart Saturday – a man driving through the parking lot with his pants down.
According to arrest warrants, Alberto Angel Munoz was driving up and down aisles in the parking lot of Walmart at Franklin Square, exposing his private parts.
Munoz, 31, of 2010 Castleton Creek, Belmont, was driving an Acura with a “for sale” sign displayed.
A Walmart customer walked up to the vehicle to inquire about it and saw Munoz’s pants down. Munoz was covering himself with his shirt, the man said.
The man and his wife walked away and observed Munoz continuing to drive through the lot. They told a police officer who was coming out of the store. The officer approached the car and reported seeing Munoz’s private parts, according to the warrant.
Munoz was charged with indecent exposure and assigned a $500 secured bond. He remained in jail Sunday afternoon.
Munoz has no criminal record in North Carolina according to the N.C. Department of Correction.
Houma, La. – A Houma man was arrested Sunday after police say he stole a motorized scooter and took it for a “joy ride.”
A spokesman for the Houma Police Department says officers responded to the call of a male subject driving a motorized scooter on South Van Avenue pulling a wheel chair.
When officers arrived, they located two men, one driving the motorized scooter and the other being pulled in the wheelchair.
Police say the motorized scooter belonged to Wal-Mart on Grand Calliou Rd. Officers learned that Thomas Phillip was inside the business earlier and informed officers he wanted to take it for a “joy ride”.
Phillip was given a field sobriety test which he performed poorly. Thomas Phillips was transported to the Terrebonne Parish Criminal Justice Complex to be booked and jailed to await bond or court on charges relative to Theft Over $500 and Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.