Saturday, September 23, 2006

Wal-Mart Supercenter almost done

The new Grand Forks Wal-Mart Supercenter is nearing completion. The remodeling/conversion of the old Wal-Mart store into the expanded format is almost done and the grand opening is scheduled for October 18. Shelves in the new grocery section are being stocked with dry goods and some frozen food has started to arrive.

The Grand Forks store will be the largest Wal-Mart Supercenter in the state and will feature a complete grocery store, expanded departments throughout the store, a tire and lube express, and several tenant spaces.

I know many of my readers are anything but fans of Wal-Mart. In fact, it seems like even a mere mention of Wal-Mart results in a red-hot comment section...popular topic. So for all of you haters out there, no I'm not such a big fan of Wal-Mart. I actually shop at Target much more. I just think that if we are going to have a Wal-Mart in Grand Forks, it is nice to have it remodeled and updated. And by the way, will you really feel sorry for Hugo's if they have to lower prices on a few items? I know I won't!


Brooks said...

It certainly wasn't that fun to go in there during remodeling, but it's nice to have a new store without an empty old one, such as target. After visiting the one in Minot, I think I will be buying alot of groceries at this one instead of Leevers or Hugos.

Anonymous said...

It's about time prices in this town went down. I will be doing all my shopping there, despite being an employee of Target. I am fed up of Targets policy of price cuts and new price is the same as the old price. Its amazing to watch local people rush to the area's where I put a new price cut on an Item and its really the same price as it was before. (Its great way to get rid of an over stocked item at full price)
Good to Wal-mart and I am eager for October 18th

GrandForksGuy said...

I too am very glad that Wal-Mart didn't leave there existing building. From what I know, they usually do end up leaving old stores instead of remodeling them. Grand Forks and Fargo got lucky. A big empty store right at the intersection of Columbia and 32nd would have been ugly and embarrassing. Who would have come in to fill it anyways...Hobby Lobby? I'd rather have the nation's largest retailer at our city's biggest retail intersection.

Anonymous said...

The economic ramifications are significant. But beyond those, Wal-Mart can remodel or build new stores ad infinitum, but until they, I won't be a customer, although I'll keep giving them a shot.

1) Alter the lighting and smell (my eyes water every time I go in there.)

2) Place items in the same place consistently. (My family and friends say the same thing. I'll find something one time, but next time I go to buy it, it's gone, or rather, moved.

GrandForksGuy said...

1) Alter the lighting and smell (my eyes water every time I go in there.)

The smell? You might not be a big fan of Wal-Mart, but how can you say it smells? I haven't noticed any smells there. Also, the lighting in Wal-Mart really isn't any different than the lighting in Target, Hugo's, Sears, etc.

Maybe you should have someone take a look at those eyes?

Anonymous said...

Anyone else out there experiencing the same thing at Wal-Mart or can explain it?

Rick said...

Whenever I went in there, it smelled like corn dogs and popcorn, probably from the little snack shop they had that seemed to never be serving more than one person.

Anyway, I'm excited for the remodeling.

Anonymous said...

I am actually very excited for the supercenter to come here. After being relocated here in 2004 there were foods that we like to eat and couldn't find at any of the stores here. So, hopefully I will be able to get what we need instead of having my family mail it to me.