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Walmart set for grand reopening

Photo by Laura Williams

Photo by Laura Williams

LEESBURG, Ga. -- Every coat of paint is dry, the sounds of power tools are gone, and the Ledo Road Walmart is set to reveal its new look. The grand re-opening will begin with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7:30 a.m. Friday, company officials said.

Store Manager Bryan Fenton called the new layout "easier to navigate," and said he believes customers will save time as they shop for necessities.

In addition, Fenton said a bright interior paint scheme and enhanced lighting create a more inviting shopping experience and help define the store's merchandise areas. Low-profile shelving creates an improved line of sight.

"We listened to our customers and have redesigned the store to make shopping at Walmart even easier," Fenton said.

A new department called Celebration Station has been added and will feature party supplies, greeting cards, balloons and helium tanks, cake supplies and gift wrap.

As a part of the ribbon-cutting ceremony, associates will present grants totaling $7,000 from the Wal-Mart Foundation to local service organizations, including the Kiwanis Club of Lee County, Lee County Sheriff's Department, Second Harvest Food Bank and The YBH Project, an Albany-based exercise and nutrition program for youth, said company officials.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, there will be a clown, free face painting and more, said Fenton.

The store, which employees 420 associates, has served the Metro Albany area for 27 years.