Wal-Mart sports new look after shoplifting decline

"The store sometimes gets a bad reputation, but they have been completely cooperative and they have really tried to be a good community member," Cunningham said pointing to the fact that the store sought warehouses in Bethlehem to store goods while its renovations took place. "Their people have always been willing to work with us and talk to us."

The mega shopping center is also sporting a new look. The store has received an "earth tone" facelift to go along with its more conventional business hours. Along with a new paint job and a new logo, the mega store also significantly reduced the size of its signage.

"They painted the entire building a more earth tone color from their traditional blue and also reduced their signs from just over 1,000 square feet to just under 500 feet square," said Director of Economic Development and Planning Michael Morelli. "The town talked with them, and they decided to reduce their hours of operation from 24 hours."

Morelli said the store's tire and automotive center will be open slightly earlier to accommodate its customers. The store received a building permit to for a million-dollar upgrade on June 10, according to town records, which includes renovations inside and outside of the store.

Wal-Mart management at the Glenmont store did not returns calls back for comment on this story.

The Glenmont Wal-Mart Pharmacy is now open Monday through Fridays from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. The rest of the store is open daily from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m.


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