By Adam Smith

The North Jefferson News

The store may not have moved, but the Gardendale Walmart most certainly has a “new” feel to it.

On Wednesday, Gardendale City officials and store employees will cut the ribbon on the store’s $900,000 renovation project. The ceremony will start at 7:30 a.m.

In addition to the ribbon cutting, the store will also announce $5,000 in grants to local organizations.

“We’re absolutely looking forward to the ribbon cutting,” Freeman said. “This has been a big project, but we’re looking forward to getting ready for the Christmas season.”

The new design is based on feedback from customers and features a clean, open and bright new look in the store with wider aisles, low-profile shelving, bright interior paint scheme and easy-to-read signage to help customers find the products they need.

“We are excited to bring an improved shopping experience to our customers,” Freeman said in a press release. “We listened to our customers and are redesigning the store to make shopping at Walmart even easier.”

The remodeling project began on Aug. 10 and officially wraps up today. However, the store remained open throughout the renovation, with a bulk of the work taking place during nighttime hours.

The store hired 90 additional employees to help with the renovation process. Freeman said some of those employees will remain with the store. The store will employ about 520 associates when the remodel is officially complete.

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