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Walmart closes at old location, opens supercenter

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POLSON — “It’s huge,” “I had to call my kids on their cell phones because I couldn’t find them,” and “The selection is huge,” were all comments by area shoppers as they visited Walmart’s new store at 36318 Memory Lane. 

The behemoth center opened at 7:30 a.m. Oct. 23 after a short ribbon cutting ceremony. 

“I don’t know what the quality of the meat will be like,” one lady who didn’t want to give her name commented, “but the variety of produce was amazing.”

Del Placid, a Walmart produce employee, agreed. On the first day the store was open, Placid said he was “constantly working and constantly getting compliments on how nice the produce looks.”

Walmart employees in their navy shirts and khaki pants were plentiful and helpful as folks wandered the aisles. 

“I can shop here and get everything I want,” Tyrone Burke said, who admits he likes to bargain hunt. 

Two different shoppers said they regularly drove to Missoula or Kalispell to shop at Walmart, so the Polson Walmart will save them a trip. 

Oshean, 4, and Abraham Bossy, 3, were sitting in a cart happily examining their new toys. Their father works at Walmart and said he likes the new store since it has more goods, and the food is cheaper.

“I’m blessed to have this job,” he added.

A family browsing the meat cases said the new Walmart was a nice addition to the community.

Teen Taylor Owen said, “It’s really cool.”

With 50 shopping carts of new fabric arriving the day before opening, the fabric and craft department has expanded. 

Workers at the deli said they had been busy each day, but they had seen the most customers on opening day and Oct. 25.

Some shoppers enjoyed the self check-out stations while others preferred “a real person.”

In addition to groceries, the store carries apparel, electronics, toys, sporting goods, and lawn and garden items. The 120,000 square foot store is open from 6 a.m. to midnight, seven days per week.

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