Walmart opening Friday, Feb. 1


Walmart is opening the doors to its new 120,000-square foot supercenter Friday with a nod to the Princeton and Milaca communities.

When the ribbon is cut on the store at 7:30 a.m. Friday, it will be to the sounds of the Princeton High School Chamber Singers performing the National Anthem, accompanied by the Princeton High School jazz and pep bands. A few feet away will be members of the Princeton American Legion presenting the colors. Store manager Tim Gould will share ribbon-cutting honors with Princeton Mayor Paul Whitcomb and Chamber of Commerce President Scott Berry.

Walmart will also show its commitment to the community with $8,000 in donations to area organizations. The Milaca Area Pantry, Mille Lacs County 4-H and Friends of Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge will be donation recipients. So will the Princeton Area Chamber of Commerce, Princeton Fire & Rescue, Princeton Police Department, a fund to add a canine officer to the Princeton Police Department, Princeton Special Olympics, the Princeton Food Shelf and Passing the Bread.

“We are delighted for the new Walmart store coming to Princeton,” Whitcomb said.

Immediately after the grand opening ceremony, the store will open to the public. Gould, his management team and the store’s employees will be on hand to usher in a new era in Princeton shopping.

“It will offer a new shopping alternative for our community and create more jobs for our citizens,” Whitcomb said.

As a matter of fact, the store will employ about 200 people.

The grand opening celebration will continue throughout the day. There will be product samplings and giveaways from companies like Pepsi and Coca-Cola. Clueless the balloon twister will also be on hand.

“We are committed to the value that Walmart was founded on, which is everyday low prices,” Gould said. “We look forward to serving the people of our community, helping them save money so they can live better,” he said.

The store will feature family apparel, health and beauty aids, electronics, a pharmacy, a digital photo-processing center, toys, lawn and garden items, jewelry, automotive products, home furnishings, hardware, sporting goods, pet supplies, housewares, and a large grocery department.

Walmart’s grocery department will have fresh produce, a bakery, meat and dairy, dry goods, beverages, frozen food, canned and packaged goods, baking items and a variety of organic products.

Walmart will also feature a cellular telephone store and a hair salon and relator near the front entrance to the store.