Claremore Daily Progress

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June 26, 2014

Walmart opens in Catoosa

CLAREMORE — The new Catoosa Walmart Supercenter opened its doors Wednesday morning following a grand opening ceremony. The store employs approximately 300 full-time and part-time associates and will be led by store manager Wes Wilson.

Wilson began his Walmart career in 2003 as an hourly-sales associate, and said he is looking forward to utilizing all learned aspects of his career to   provide a great shopping experience for Catoosa-area residents.

“You think about Catoosa and store 3055, and the opportunity that it presents,” said Holly Luke, Walmart VP regional general manager for the Oklahoma area. “It’s our honor to provide to the community and give back to the community the opportunity of jobs — a place where many folks choose to establish a career.

During the ceremony, Luke introduced and congratulated marketing manager Jay Garrison, who recently celebrated 25 years with Walmart.

“Garrison started out as a sales associate in 1989, and last year, was promoted to a market manager position. In addition to the Catoosa store, he will be responsible for stores in Tulsa, Bartlesville and Ponca City,” said Luke. “Garrison is a realistic example of someone who took that step to build a career working within Walmart.”

The grand opening celebration included presentations of $8,000 in grants from Wal-Mart to community groups and agencies. Recipients included the American Legion of Catoosa, Catoosa Chamber of Commerce, Catoosa Education Foundation, Catoosa Fire Ladies Auxiliary, Catoosa Police Department, Catoosa Public Schools, Catoosa Fire Department, Pafford Emergency Medical Services of Oklahoma and Rogers County Sheriff’s Office.

“This store will be the anchor for Catoosa’s growth for years to come,” said Catoosa Mayor Red Statum. Local developers Lloyd and Cindy Robson with Investcom LLC are the ones that started this movement about 10 years ago.”

Statum said the Robsons endured a lot of negativity through the process, but now believes Catoosa is proud of what they have helped accomplish. The Robsons have been part of the retail development of the area just east of U.S. 66 next to the casino for several years bringing in stores such as Walgreens, which opened in 2009.

The Walmart Supercenter, located at 19801 Robson Road, is open 24-hours a day, seven days a week. The store offers shopping convenience for their grocery, merchandise and pharmaceutical needs.

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