Walmart Reopens

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Walmart Re-Open Its Doors on Nov. 16
 
By ROBERT NARANJO
Valley Daily Post
 
The Española Walmart Super Center Store reopened to customers on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 8 a.m.
The giant retailer’s officials chose the store’s reopening day to make a very large monetary donation of $31,000 to the Northern New Mexico Regional Arts Center (NNMRAC), located at the Plaza de Española in the old post office building.
The donation presentation was attended by Walmart representatives, city officials, the Española Valley YMCA director, NNMRAC board members and other guests. The donation specifically came from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation.
 
The holiday season has officially arrived at Walmart! A Walmart employee strings lights onto a Christmas tree Nov. 16, which was also the day the Super Center Store reopened after being closed for two months for construction and renovation. Photo by Robert Naranjo\valleydailypost.com
 
Officials were pleased with the good turnout for Walmart’s donation to the local non profit and it may be the largest amount awarded to a single organization in the Valley’s history. Mexican superstar singer Juan Gabriel donated $100,000 last year to the area’s  youth, but it was divided between eight organizations, according to James Espinoza, Gabriel’s New Mexico-based business relations manager. Gabriel passed away recently at his home in California.
John Werenko, executive director of the NNMRAC, said the landing of the donation was a team effort and mentioned the board of directors of the NNMRAC, and its chairperson, Gabriela Silva, the City of Española mayor, city council, city manager, the Española Valley YMCA, Tewa Women United and many others for the success in securing the grant for arts education and the Summer Arts Academy.
“Awesome,” City Councilor Robert Seeds said when asked what he thought of the generous donation by Walmart to the NNMRAC.
City Councilor Pedro Valdez told the Valley Daily Post that he believed it’s the largest donation ever awarded to one organization in the Española Valley. “I believe it is the largest donation given to one organization,” he said. “We look forward to working with Walmart in the future and we thank them for this large donation to the kids.”
A press release pointed out that Walmart donated $2,500 to Tewa Women United and store associates volunteered 75 hours to support the “Española  Healing Foods Oasis” project between the City of Española and the Tewa Women United to create a fruit tree terrace and “edible food garden” which will produce seasonal food and medicinal herbs.
It will have accessible pathways for people to walk on and enjoy the inherent aesthetic beauty of the terraced garden. The Oasis cooperative project will prevent erosion on the slope behind City Hall.
Shoppers to the Española Walmart Super Center will find the store a little different than what they were used to. For example, the jewelry department is now in the center of the store.
The meat department, while not entirely open as renovation continues to that department, has refrigerated units with selections of meats in the front of the store for shoppers. The produce department is not completely ready but does have some items available as well. The bakery and the deli are still under renovation and will be completely renovated by March 2017. The pharmacy renovation was completed before the store reopened on Nov. 16 and was the only department that remained open during construction work.
The work included improvements to the building’s foundations, uneven flooring and plumbing and began Sept. 19.
Additionally, Walmart officials moved up a store renovation scheduled for 2017 to take advantage of the store closure during the aforementioned construction and renovation work to minimize customer inconvenience.
On the first day it reopened after almost two months of being closed for construction and renovation,  people commented they were quite happy to see the store back in business.