McDowell County’s new Wal-Mart Supercenter in Kimball will host its grand opening Wednesday at 7 a.m.; doors will open at 8 a.m.

The new 99,700-square-foot facility will be open to customers from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m. seven days a week and will include eight full-service and six express check-out lanes, according to store manager Brad Garrett.

The store will employ approximately 228 associates.

More than 1,200 people applied for jobs at the new store, according to Garrett, who started as an hourly associate 13 years ago at a store in Summersville.

The supercenter will feature 36 general merchandise departments, including apparel and accessories, jewelry, lawn and garden center, health and beauty aids, a full line of electronics, along with a bakery, delicatessen, frozen food section, meat, dairy and fresh produce sections.

Also featured will be a Deli Café, a Grab-N-Go bar, a one-hour photo lab and a pharmacy.

Upon its opening, the store will announce $31,000 in donations through Wal-Mart’s Good Works community involvement program to the Kimball Fire Department, Kimball Police Department, Five Loaves and Two Fishes, Kimball Elementary School, McDowell County Board of Education, McDowell County Economic Development Authority, McDowell County FACES, McDowell County Museum Commission, McDowell Public Library, Mountain View High School, and United Way of the Virginias.

The store will also have a local budget for donations throughout the year. Organizations interested in receiving funding can contact the store for details.

In West Virginia, Wal-Mart employs 11,440 associates in 24 supercenters, six discount stores and four Sam’s Clubs.

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