WEIRTON - Wal-Mart celebrated its 20th anniversary in the Weirton community on Saturday. The Weirton store first opened at its original Three Springs Drive location in 1993, relocating to a new 156,000-square-foot Super Center also on Three Spring Drive in 2010.
"We are thrilled to be celebrating our 20th anniversary in the Weirton community" said Store Manager Coleen Byerly. "Our goal has always been to provide the best value to our customers, and we are thankful for the community's support over the last two decades in helping us make that a reality."
Wal-Mart also is celebrating 17 of its associates who have been with the store since its opening in 1993: Charlene Bado, Gretchen Clarke, Sheryl Cunningham, Lee Debnar, Fred Goddard, Laura Hjaltelin, Judie Koper, Jacquelyn Kotten, Bonnie Kuzma, Melinda Latynski, Dave Peleskey, Mary Lou Pilya, Charlene Plimpton, Lynn Rocchio, Laura Vandyke, Elaine White and Deborah Young.
The Weirton store has also been a leader in the community in terms of charitable giving and volunteerism, according to company officials. The store has distributed approximately $200,000 in grants to local charities and organizations in the past 20 years including gifts to the Community Bread Basket and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Wal-Mart has also partnered with the Children's Miracle Network to raise more than $38,000 from in-store customer donations in just the last three years.
"Because Weirton and the surrounding communities have been so good to Wal-Mart, we are pleased to give back to the organizations that share our commitment to bettering this region," Byerly said.