New Walmart opens near Grovetown

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With the purchase of a bag of potato chips this morning, former Grovetown mayor Dennis Trudeau became the first customer of a new Walmart near the city.

“I always try to be the first customer of any new business in Grovetown,” said Mr. Trudeau, who retired last year after serving as mayor for 20 years. “I want to show my support for all of our new businesses.”

The Walmart anchors The Gateway shopping center on Horizon South Parkway at Interstate 20. Dozens of area residents patiently waited this morning for the doors of the supercenter to open following a 7:30 a.m. ribbon cutting ceremony.

Andrew Von Plinsky, a commercial salesman for Georgia Power, was among those patrons. He attended the ribbon cutting and then bought a bottle of water.

“Walmart is a good customer and a good neighbor,” said Mr. Von Plinsky, who lives about three miles away from the store. “I wanted to be a part of the excitement of the opening this morning.”

Walmart executives demonstrated their neighbor-friendly attitude on Tuesday evening. The company donated a total of $20,000 to the Salvation Army, United We Care, other non-profit groups and numerous area schools.

“There’s been so much excitement about this,” said store Manager Dale Wooten. “It’s great to be a part of it and a part of this community.

“People here have really embraced us and our presence, and that’s a good thing for both Walmart and the city.”

The presence of a Walmart often attracts other businesses, Mr. Wooten said.

Already, Mr. Wooten expects a gas station, new restaurants and other small businesses to open inside The Gateway now that Walmart is serving customers.

“They really do attract a lot of attention,” Mr. Trudeau said. “But to me, it says a lot about Grovetown and how quickly we’re growing that we caught Walmart’s attention.”

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pai
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pai 10/28/09 - 10:15 am
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Seriously? You were waiting

Seriously? You were waiting outside for a WAL-MART to open? Ha, Ha! Welcome to GA!

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 10/28/09 - 10:59 am
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WalMart is the premiere

WalMart is the premiere retail establishment. Where else can you get your oil changed, your hair and nails done, en eye exam, and coming soon dental and legal services. And did I mention, buy a T-bone steak, all in one stop. Good by, BI-LO!

mrlonglelgs
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mrlonglelgs 10/28/09 - 11:02 am
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China mart ----- ask to see

China mart ----- ask to see the items made in the USA.

gnx
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gnx 10/28/09 - 11:18 am
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Can't get your oil changed at

Can't get your oil changed at this Walmart. I find it difficult to believe they chose not to have an automotive center at this store given its proximity to I-20. However, it is a very nice store and a definite plus for Grovetown.

easy breezy
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easy breezy 10/28/09 - 12:24 pm
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Can't get your oil changed or

Can't get your oil changed or get an eye exam either. This store is smaller than your average Super Center but it is very nice to have a Wal-Mart in this area!!

storiesihaveread
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storiesihaveread 10/28/09 - 02:21 pm
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Ok my question is does the

Ok my question is does the city limits extend to I -20. If so they really do not need to raise the millage rate in the city of Grovetown causing our taxs to go up to pay for that new Dodge Charger with a hemi police car that Grovetown bought for all the high speed chases that the city of Grovetown has...Since Wal-Mart can cover all of that in tax's it will bring in

scgirl78
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scgirl78 10/28/09 - 02:41 pm
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Hey stories, if you don't

Hey stories, if you don't like what's going on in Grovetown, vote for the change you want. Complaining won't do anything...

pommom38
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pommom38 10/28/09 - 03:02 pm
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While I would not see a

While I would not see a reason to be waiting on the store to open this morning, I can't find anything wrong with having this store there:) It brings jobs and convienence to those not wanting to drive over in the evans area.. Now to bring in the new eateries and smaller stores.
I am also amazed there is no tire/service center, they could make lots of cash being right there! That was a crazy decision imo.

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Boogaloo 10/28/09 - 03:11 pm
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Only a hick paper like this

Only a hick paper like this one would have Breaking News on a store opening. How about "Baskin&Robbins new flavor revealed" or "Fried Pork Skins sale".

PopieBoy
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PopieBoy 10/28/09 - 03:25 pm
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If I can buy my Pepsi's for

If I can buy my Pepsi's for cheaper than that foodlion This will be my place

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 10/28/09 - 05:32 pm
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LOL Boogaloo. I disagree

LOL Boogaloo. I disagree about this being a hick paper, but you're right that a Walmart opening isn't a big news story. If it was, we would have been hearing about it before the opening, not after. It was just a slow news day I guess. I have friends and relatives out in Grovetown that might find it helpful to have Walmart nearby for last minute purchases if the service is better than you get in other CSRA locations. One of the families drives all the way to North Augusta Walmart to get better service.

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