BRANDON, FL (WFLA) – Brandon-area shoppers can watch for falling prices again. WalMart reopened at 8:00 Friday morning after closing temporarily.
Six months ago WalMart blamed plumbing issues for the closure but many people became skeptical over why the store suddenly shut down.
“People are going to say things but at the end of the day these were plumbing repairs that had to be made,” Walmart Spokeswoman Erica Jones said.
Jones said they’ve been busy the last six months making it a better store. They repaired sagging, damaged plumbing lines and installed all new plumbing fixtures. There are brand new refrigeration and heating and air units, as well, she said. But what the shopper will probably notice are a new layout in the meat and deli departments and a 4,000 square foot expansion to the liquor store. The site-to-store pickup moved from the back of the store to the front.
Hundreds of workers were blindsided when the store closed down in the Spring and were left without their normal jobs.
“It was a big shock. I had a major meltdown. They were closing my house,” said Jean Miles, an 11-year associate.
But most of them found work at nearby stores in the meantime and are now back at the Brandon store.
Five stores across the nation shut down temporarily. In all, 2,200 workers were impacted and 2,100 of them chose to stay with the company.