April 3, 2010 in Business

Valley Walmart getting makeover

Remodel includes signs, shelving and lighting
By The Spokesman-Review
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Walmart in Spokane Valley has begun a facelift, company officials said Friday.

The company will create a friendlier interior in the store at 15727 E. Broadway, with a brighter paint scheme, better lighting, low-profile shelves and easy-to-read signs, said store manager Terri Roman.

A building permit issued by Spokane County recently put the value of the remodeling project at about $928,000.

Roman said Walmart hired about 75 people as temporary employees to help during the remodel. The work started in late March and continues until June.

The temp workers will move furniture, relocate shelves and haul merchandise during the remodel.

Every department in the store will go through a facelift, according to a company news release. Maps of the relocated departments will be available at the front door to help shoppers.

The remodeling is occurring all hours of the day, with most of the major work occurring overnight, Roman said.

Roman said temporary workers receive the same pay as other Walmart employees, but she declined to disclose that rate.

Store hours are not affected by the remodeling, Roman added.

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