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Kittanning Wal-Mart upsizing complete

Bill Shirley | For The Leader Times - Wal-Mart associate Judy Hill works in the produce section prior to grand opening of the expanded Supercenter in East Franklin Township, Armstrong County, Wednesday February 27, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Bill Shirley  |  For The Leader Times</em></div>Wal-Mart associate Judy Hill works in the produce section prior to grand opening of the expanded Supercenter in East Franklin Township, Armstrong County, Wednesday February 27, 2013.
Bill Shirley | For The Leader Times - Butler Wal-Mart associate Grace LeFevre (center) receives a hug from a fellow associate during the grand opening ceremony for the expanded Wal-Mart Supercenter. Grace has worked at the East Franklin Township's expansion project and has formed friendships, she'll be returning to the Butler store now that the Supercenter is open, East Franklin Township, Armstrong County, Wednesday February 27, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Bill Shirley  |  For The Leader Times</em></div>Butler Wal-Mart associate Grace LeFevre (center) receives a hug from a fellow associate during the grand opening ceremony for the expanded Wal-Mart Supercenter. Grace has worked at the East Franklin Township's expansion project and has formed friendships, she'll be returning to the Butler store now that the Supercenter is open, East Franklin Township, Armstrong County, Wednesday February 27, 2013.

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Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

EAST FRANKLIN — The Kittanning area has officially upsized its Wal-Mart to a 24-hour Supercenter.

After more than a year of renovations at the location in Hilltop Plaza, a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday morning marked the grand opening of the expanded store, which added 52,000 square feet and boasts an extensive grocery section.

“We have all these new things we didn't have before to offer the community,” said store manager Carol Williams. “Now we have a deli, dairy, bakery, frozen foods department and an expanded dry grocery (section).”

In addition to the new product selections and 24-hour service, Williams said the entire store has been remodeled with an all-new layout and fixtures.

“Everything I'm hearing from the customers is positive,” said Williams. “They're excited about the fact they have a one-stop shop for everything.”

The expansion also created 85 new positions at the store. Williams said those additional workers — including cashiers and overnight stock employees — have all been hired. The Supercenter will be open 24 hours beginning Friday.

Tim Karan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-543-1303 or tkaran@tribweb.com.

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