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CHOW to receive money from Walmart

July 8, 2010

Walmart to present grants on opening day

JOHNSON CITY Walmart said Thursday that it will present $16,500 in grants from the Walmart Foundation to eight area organizations during the grand opening of its second store in Broome County.

The store, on Gannett Drive in Johnson City, will open at 8 a.m. July 21 after a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7:30 a.m.

The store will have a "stimulating effect not only upon the business itself but upon the entire local economy, thereby opening the door for other commercial establishments to relocate to our area," village Mayor Dennis Hannon said.

The village will receive a $4,500 grant; Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse, $2,500; Family Enrichment Network, $2,000; and Johnson City Fire Department, Broome County YMCA, Boys and Girls Club of Western Broome, local Boy Scouts troop and local Girl Scouts troop will each receive $1,500.

The nearly 137,000-square-foot store includes energy-efficient technology and environmentally friendly features to reduce energy and water consumption and minimize waste.

Skylights reduce the amount of energy needed to light the store by up to 75 percent daily, the company said. The LED lighting in the store also operates 70 percent more efficiently than traditional fluorescent lighting.

The cement used in the concrete flooring is made with recycled materials, and the floor's finish reduces the need for chemical cleaners. Low-flow toilets and faucets reduce water used in the bathrooms.

The first Walmart in Broome County opened in the Town Square Mall in Vestal in 1992.

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