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Wynne Walmart celebrates remodel by honoring non-profits, long-time employees

Patti Cole and Diane Middleton, along with other associates, were honored for their years of dedication. (Source: Walmart) Patti Cole and Diane Middleton, along with other associates, were honored for their years of dedication. (Source: Walmart)
The store presented $1,000 checks to three local charities. (Source: Walmart) The store presented $1,000 checks to three local charities. (Source: Walmart)
Several store associates paused their busy days to celebrate. (Source: Walmart) Several store associates paused their busy days to celebrate. (Source: Walmart)
The store's management team (Source: Walmart) The store's management team (Source: Walmart)
It wouldn't be a celebration without cake. (Source: Walmart) It wouldn't be a celebration without cake. (Source: Walmart)
WYNNE, AR (KAIT) -

The recently remodeled Walmart Supercenter in Wynne celebrated its new look Friday by honoring local nonprofits and workers who have devoted dozens of years to the store.

The store hosted a ribbon-cutting to unveil the renovations, which include an updated pharmacy and electronics department.

In addition to free samples and activities for the kids, the store donated $1,000 to each of the following local non-profits: Cross County Historical Society, Cross County Library, and Pip Ched ROC (Family Social Services).

Two long-time Walmart employees, Patti Cole and Diane Middleton, were honored for their combined 75 years of hard work.

Cole, who is a 35-year associate, overcame cancer while working eight-hour days and going through chemotherapy, according to a news release from the company.

“I share my story in orientation to show how to overcome adversity,” Cole said. “There’s always someone fighting through something, whether you know it or not.”

Come August, Middleton will have been with the company 40 years.

“You’ve got to love what you do, you’ve got to come to work and serve the customers,” she said. “You can have a good career with Walmart, but you’ve got to work hard.”

Other long-term store employees were honored at Friday’s ribbon-cutting.

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