Wal-Mart Supercenter To Open In Grand Style


After months of frantic activity, manager Becky Martinez said the new Wal-Mart Supercenter is ready to open, and she's ready for a vacation.

"We've been swarmed by inspectors all day (Thursday), and they say we're ready, too," she said.

The new Supercenter will officially open with the cutting of a ribbon at 8 a.m., with music by the Payson High School choir, the Rim Country Middle School band and the Rim Civic Orchestra.

At about 8:15 a.m., Martinez said she'll hand over donations to seven local service organizations.

Special guests will include the World War II Veterans color guard, Payson Mayor Vern Stiffler, District 1 Supervisor Ron Christensen, state legislator Jake Flake and Ms. Rodeo Arizona Laurie Baker. Also on hand, Martinez said, will be the Keebler Elf, the Oreo Cookie Man and Chester Cheetah.

"We'll also have the local car club putting on their classic car show all day," she said, "and we'll have raffles, demonstrations and drawings throughout the day."

The new Wal-Mart Supercenter is at 300 N. Beeline Highway, across from Payson Town Hall.

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