Wal-Mart's On The Move

Stock is being transferred; late January opening set

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It's moving day for Wal-Mart.
"We start moving in today," Wal-Mart Manager Becky Martinez said Monday. "It'll take about a month."


Martinez said the merchandise that's in stock at the Wal-Mart store in Payson Village Shopping Center is now being moved to the Supercenter near the intersection of Highway 87 and Rumsey Drive.


"Anything winter we'll sell through here," Martinez said from the store in Payson Village.


She said the stock in the Wal-Mart store will be sold or transferred to the new store and only consumable items such as food, pet food, cleaning supplies and paper goods will be restocked at the store in Payson Village.


Martinez said a grand opening is tentatively planned for the end of January, but the date depends on how quickly the job is completed.


"This building is sold," she said, adding that it is her understanding that the old store building will be used to house a number of shops.


The actual move from the old store to the new Supercenter began Dec. 27, after the Christmas rush was over.


"A normal set-up takes about six weeks," Martinez said. "We've been challenged to do it in four weeks. I have no doubt in my mind that my team will do it."


Martinez said 160 employees are working in three shifts around the clock to get the job done in time.


"People are working at either one store or the other," she said. "We've hired 180 people extra and we're not done yet."


Martinez said she plans to hire more than 200 people, but it hasn't been easy to find employees in such a small town.


"It's been a very difficult challenge," she said. "Our ads that are running in the paper are working. People are coming to work here that I didn't know were here. A lot of people are coming out of retirement. We've had a real good response with our grocery help."


Painting subcontractors and interior building subcontractors were putting on the finishing touches this week to make sure everything was ready for the planned opening in late January.


"Hopefully, the parking lot will be paved around the end of this week," Martinez said.


Holiday sales at the Wal-Mart store in the Payson Village Shopping Center were brisk.


"It was the best year ever as far as the numbers, much better than last year," Martinez said. "We had a really good Christmas this year. We're very thankful for Payson shopping at home."

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