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Rhinelander Walmart finishes store remodelSubmitted: 07/01/2016
RHINELANDER - If you shopped at Walmart in Rhinelander this summer, you probably noticed things weren't where they usually belong.

That's because crews were busy giving the store a fresh, new look.

The store held a grand re-opening Friday morning.

Customers will now see more produce, an expanded deli, and a remodeled pharmacy.

Crews also replaced all 210,000 square feet of tile in just five weeks.

All of the traffic Walmart gets took a toll on the store.

"If you don't routinely reinvest in new counters and all the things that get dented and damaged and scraped up throughout the course of five to six to seven years' worth of traffic, then you really start to look pretty poor, so we're really excited to have it look as good as we can make it, and our goal is to always keep it that way," said Rhinelander Walmart Store Manager Brent Sundby.

Walmart also gave checks to a couple of community groups during the celebration.

The Cassian Fire Department got $1,500 and the Knights of Columbus received $250.

"We've got some really, really neat opportunities to help the community," Sundby said. "Like I said, we're a prosperous store, our customers are very gracious in their shopping for us and we're able to give some of that back. The checks I presented today were just some of our more recent give annual grants from the foundation."

The Cassian Fire Department will use the money to upgrade audio and visual training equipment, while the Knights of Columbus bought life jackets for Camp American Legion.

Walmart finished the remodel about a week ahead of schedule.

Story By: Anthony DaBruzzi

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