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Free cake, no protests as Walmart opens its first Tacoma store

Post by C.R. Roberts / The News Tribune on July 17, 2013 at 10:02 am |
July 17, 2013 10:50 am


With speeches, cheers and a prayer, Tacoma’s first Walmart store opened Wednesday morning.

Dozens of patrons waited for the doors to open at 8 a.m. as Walmart officials and dignitaries gathered in a semicircle before a makeshift stage to bear witness to $68,000 in charitable contributions and a brief history of the company which, on Wednesday, saw the opening of 24 stores nationwide and two in state – in Tacoma and Vancouver.

“Building this store has been a journey,” said Tom McReynolds, a Walmart manager who oversees nine stores in the Puget Sound.

“I love Walmart. I wanted to be among the first to christen the new Walmart and see what I can buy,” said customer Islena Jones.

Although controversial at its inception, the store generated no protests at the opening.

Shoppers leave the new Walmart in central Tacoma on Wednesday. (Janet Jensen/staff photographer)
Shoppers leave the new Walmart in central Tacoma on Wednesday. (Janet Jensen/staff photographer)
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