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Wal-Mart celebrates 50th 'birthday'

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Wal-Mart store manager Mike Dendinger is joined by representatives from local agencies who were recipients of financial donations and contributions presented by the local store.
(Photo by Randy M., Cauthron)
Much like the celebration associated with the 50th birthday of an old friend, there were plenty of black balloons and cake when members of the community got together to honor Wal-Mart's 50 years in business Friday at the Spencer store.

There were nice gifts too, but it was Wal-Mart doing the giving, and several local agencies and programs on the receiving end.

"This is a celebration of vision of a man named Sam Walton," Spencer store manager Mike Dendinger told the crowd, pointing out that he took his own money to start the business.

Mike Dendinger, store manager at Spencer's Wal-Mart, led a local celebration of the chain's 50th birthday on Friday. Community representatives joined local store associates at the event.
(Photo by Randy M. Cauthron) [Order this photo]
Dendinger credited the company with "managing tremendous growth" while maintaining its core values.

Respecting the individual, maintaining an open door culture and striving for excellence.

"The stores are set up for the needs of the community," the store manager said.

Dendinger also called the event a "celebration of opportunity." He noted that women comprise 53 percent of the chain's associates, and 70 percent of the company's management force started out as hourly associates.

"Most importantly, this is a celebration of people. Our associates are committed to helping people save money so we can live better," Dendinger said.

He continued, "I've always thought we're the face of Wal-Mart. It's the people that make the corporation."

The store manager noted the value of Wal-Mart's contributions financially and through volunteer efforts, pointing out that $970 million has been donated.

Dendinger presented $500 in gifts, and grants totaling $4,000 to nine different Spencer area entities. He also acknowledged the service of the store's employees who have been providing service for Wal-Mart for more than 10 years.

The short ceremony concluded with Dendinger bringing the community representatives together with store associates to take part in the Wal-Mart cheer, recognizing the personal ownership of the staff and the commitment to the customers.

Wal-Mart 50th Birthday Local Donations

Spencer High School Football$100
Shooting Stars of Graettinger$100
Spencer Police Department$100
Spencer After Prom$100
Spencer Women of Today$100
Spencer Moose Lodge$500 grant
Goodwill Mission$500 grant
Spencer Family Y$1,000 grant
Spencer Library$2,000 grant

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WOW!!l. .2 percent of the total donation amount went outside of Spencer!! I'll bet you get more than. .2 percent revenue from all the folks that shop in your store that come from other towns.

-- Posted by ruthventaxpayer on Mon, Aug 13, 2012, at 5:49 PM

I only hope that there will be stores and shops on Grand Avenue that can celebrate a 50 year anniversary one day. Yes, I know there are a few that have, but in general, it's doubtful that many can survive that long in today's marketplace.

-- Posted by Culture Warrior on Fri, Aug 17, 2012, at 4:59 PM

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