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WARM picks up $51,000 check at Westerville Walmart opening

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Walmart presented the Westerville Area Resource Ministry with a $51,000 check during the grand opening of its new Westerville Square Walmart Supercenter Aug. 14. At the presentation are (from left) Westerville Walmart Manager Andrew Bounds, Westerville Chamber President-CEO Janet Davis, Walmart Market Manager Matt Burke, WARM Operations Manager Deb Wallace, WARM Executive Director Scott Marier, Westerville City Councilwoman-Mayor Kathy Cocuzzi and state Rep. Anne Gonzales (R-Westerville).
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Walmart opened its doors at 50 W. Schrock Road in Westerville Aug. 14.

At an early morning ceremony attended by local leaders, Walmart officials handed out $58,000 to local charities.

The Westerville Area Resource Ministry received a $51,000 check.

WARM received a $30,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation's State Giving Council to help its local efforts to provide hunger relief, nutrition education and job training services.

WARM also received $20,000 from Walmart after being voted among the top 20 food pantries across the country during Walmart's "Fighting Hunger Together" Facebook campaign in April.

Associates of the new Westerville Walmart Manager Andrew Bounds contributed an additional $1,000 to WARM.

Other organizations that received grants at the opening of the local store include the Westerville Sunrise Rotary, Westerville South High School, Honor Flight Columbus, Westerville Veterans of Foreign Wars, Boy Scouts of America and the Columbus affiliate of Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

The new Walmart store will serve as an anchor for the newly renovated Westerville Square shopping center at the northeast corner of Schrock Road and South State Street.

Shopping center owner the Hadler Cos. invested $16 million in the center, tearing down three storefronts at the center's core to allow for construction of the 108,000-square-foot Walmart -- which is smaller than the Westerville Meijer store on Polaris Parkway and much smaller than a typical Walmart Supercenter.

The rest of Westerville Square was renovated to match, and decorative walls and a green space featuring public seating and art were added.

Walmart broke with its corporate model to construct a smaller than usual full-service store.

The new store brings 200 jobs to Westerville.

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