Workers running on adrenaline, aim is a late May opening
The buzz of workers setting up shelves and the beeps of forklifts hauling equipment are sweet sounds to the ears of Wal-Mart Supercenter manager Mike Brungardt on a cool April day, as the musical motion he sees and hears inside the store is a signal that the building is almost ready to release a symphony of shopping services to the public.
The pace of construction in the 157,000 square-foot facility has hit a crescendo over the past week, as Brungardt and the 300 Wal-Mart associates now in Storm Lake have spent the last five days filling up its giant shell with changing stalls, counters, bike racks and fixtures. They will begin stocking shelves with the first waves of merchandise next week.
A specific date for the grand opening of the region's largest retail store has not yet been set, but, barring any unforeseen delays, the store could be open as early as the latter part of May, something Brungardt said is an exciting thought for him and other employees.
"Everyone is on an adrenaline high right now," Brungardt said. "The morale here is really high, because everyone can see that the store is coming together."
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