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Business

Local Walmart reopens after $4M renovation

Areas of store revamped or add convenience

Scouts from Boy Scout Troop 471 present the colors during Friday's ribbon cutting event at the Morris Wal-Mart. The troop also received a donation from Wal-Mart as part of the event.
Scouts from Boy Scout Troop 471 present the colors during Friday's ribbon cutting event at the Morris Wal-Mart. The troop also received a donation from Wal-Mart as part of the event.

MORRIS – The Morris Walmart celebrated the completion of a $4 million renovation project Friday with a grand reopening. New features were designed for customer convenience and experience.

New features included moving the online grocery pickup to the front of the store facing Route 6, revamped the front end and pharmacy with plans for a drive-thru pharmacy soon, adding interactive displays to the electronics section and more self -checkout lanes, among other changes.

“We worked round the clock for months,” store manager Carrie Moses said.

Some work was done through the night, and Moses said workers toiled to get it done quickly.

She said the total investment into the store was around $4 million.

Elements to the ribbon-cutting event included distributing cupcakes with blue and yellow frosting, which are Walmart’s colors, at the entrances and several local dignitaries at the event.

Morris Mayor Richard Kopczick thanked store associates.

“Because of you, corporate saw fit to upgrade this store,” he said.

Also in attendance were several associates at the Morris Walmart who originally had been employed there when the store opened in September 1986.

Christina Van Yperen, executive director of the Grundy County Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said that Walmart’s charitable activity within the community has had a positive impact on the community as a whole.

“Without your involvement, Morris wouldn’t be the giving community it is,” she said.

The ceremony included the
presentation of the color guard by Boy Scout Troop 471, signing the national anthem, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer invocation.

The Morris Walmart also made donations to Boy Scout Troop 471, the Warriors football program, Habitat for Humanity and Coal City Middle School.

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