Wal-Mart still aiming for January opening

Wal-Mart Canada said its new store here won’t be open until mid- to late-January, not in time for Christmas as some talk around town has suggested.
“It looks like we will be open for business in the new year,” Kevin Groh, manager of corporate communications, said Monday from Toronto.
Store manager Cindy Killett echoed this statement yesterday, adding contractors currently are putting in carpet and doing some more wiring while staff just started installing shelving Saturday.
After the fixtures are in, they will take up to six weeks to stock the store.
Groh also revealed a few details about the store.
“The new Wal-Mart location will have a ‘pantry,’ stocking an expanded assortment of food and refrigerated goods, a McDonald’s, and a full complement of services from pharmacy to photo development to a portrait studio,” he noted.
Groh did add the store here will not be open 24 hours a day as some others are, particularly in the U.S.
Killett said the hiring process is wrapping up, with 150 full- and part-time associates expected to be working once the store opens.
The hiring office formerly located on the corner of Scott Street and Victoria Avenue has since closed.