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Arlyn Van Beek, Mayor of Mandan, and Andrew Coppersmith, Store Manager, Mandan Walmart Arlyn Van Beek, Mayor of Mandan, and Andrew Coppersmith, Store Manager, Mandan Walmart
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Mandan Walmart grand opening, September 11, 2013 Mandan Walmart grand opening, September 11, 2013

 

What brings a marching band, the National Guard and retail reps together at 7:30 in the morning?  In a city of just over 18,000, hundreds show up to welcome their newest resident.

As the band plays -- it's a day of celebration.

"Please join me in that moment of silence" -- and a day of remembrance.

"Today is Patriot Day.  Today is the day that we recognize those that gave their lives on that fateful day on September 11th, 2001," says Major General David Sprynczynatyk, ND Adjutant General.

"And it's also a day of celebration of this brand new Walmart store here in Mandan, and it's also a day, as everyday is, a day to give thanks," says Pastor Doug Graham, Evangel Assembly of God.  "We thought it was really important that we called attention to that and paid our respects to the first responders and the tragedy that happened back in 2001," says Andrew Coppersmith, Store Manager, Mandan Walmart.

So first, they pay their respects, then -- before the store even opens -- hand out nearly $120,000 to community organizations, including two new vehicles.  As the marching band plays and Walmart associates perform their Walmart cheer, the crowd is reminded this new store brings an additional 250 jobs to the community.  "Not to mention, great jobs with great benefits.  I myself started out as an hourly associate just over 12 and a half years ago and I tell you, I couldn't have picked a better company to work for," says Karisa Sprague, Sr. VP Northern Plains Division, Walmart.

Even as elsewhere some protest Walmart in their towns, this community welcomes the store with open arms.  "To see the outpouring really didn't surprise me a whole lot, because the amount of time I've been in this community, I haven't heard anything but just excitement, and 'when are you opening?'" says Coppersmith.

"I'm so very excited.  I'm excited to have them in Mandan, in our community, to have the access," says Linda Anseth of Mandan.  "We live right down the street and we have been watching this place be built for the last several months, waiting for this day," says Charisse Fandrich, of Mandan.

"And here we are," says Coppersmith.

This Saturday Walmart is hosting what they call a "Big Family Welcome" with face painting, cupcake decorating and free food samples -- from noon to 3:00 p.m.  And management wants you to know, they're still hiring.

 

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