Supercenter to open ahead of schedule

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Since the announcement was made that Demopolis was getting a Wal-Mart Supercenter people have been waiting patiently. This week, their wait got a little shorter.

The store, which was originally set to open Wednesday, Jan. 25, announced Tuesday the doors would open to the public on Monday Jan. 23.

Demopolis Wal-Mart manager John Whitehead said the new Supercenter would open its doors bright and early.

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“We are going to open up Monday at 7 a.m. and we are going to stay open until 12 p.m. Tuesday,” Whitehead said. “After that, we are going to reopen Wednesday at 7 a.m. and have our grand opening just as we had planned and stay open for 24 hours.”

The decision to open the store came after the move went faster than everyone expected.

“Normally, it takes about five and a half weeks to open a store,” Whitehead said. “But we had some extra time and we were ahead of schedule to so the corporate office decided to open early.”

Prior to the store’s Monday opening, they will host a social appreciation night Sunday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

During Wednesday’s grand opening, the Supercenter will be joined by another Demopolis business. Cato will officially relocate its store in Demopolis and is scheduled to open Wednesday Jan. 25.

In a release from John Cato, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, he said they were very excited about their new location.

“With exclusive styles, on-trend fashions and low prices every day, our customers can always find their statement of style while enjoying their shopping experience at Cato,” Cato said. “We are excited about the opening of our new store in Demopolis.”

The Cato Corporation is a leading specialty retailer of value-priced women’s fashion apparel operating two divisions, “Cato” and “It’s Fashion!” with more than 1,200 stores in 31 states. There are 61 Cato stores located throughout Alabama. Additional information on The Cato Corporation is available at