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Wal-Mart SuperCenter opens Wednesday

By By Fredie Carmichael/The Meridian Star
Oct. 22, 2001
A long-awaited Wal-Mart SuperCenter will open for business in Meridian at 9 a.m. Wednesday. The store is on South Frontage Road, just east of Bonita Lakes Mall.
The new 209,927-square-foot Wal-Mart will employ 550 associates and offer a full line of groceries and general merchandise under one roof.
Grand opening ceremonies will begin at 8 a.m. Wednesday. Meridian Mayor John Robert Smith, state Rep. Charles Young, Meridian "Teacher of the Year" Shirley Burton and representatives from the Meridian City Council and Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors will attend the event.
The new Wal-Mart will house speciality shops like a vision center, a hair salon, a one-hour photo-processing lab, a nail salon, a portrait studio, Family Fun Center, Tire &Lube Express and McDonald's.
Moeller said the best thing about the new Wal-Mart is the full-service food department.
Moeller said he does not foresee the other two grocery stores across Interstate 20 on North Frontage Road Foodmax and Sack 'n' Save closing their doors because of the Wal-Mart opening.
Fredie Carmichael is a staff writer for The Meridian Star. Call him at 693-1551, ext. 3228, or e-mail him at