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A big break for Wal-Mart
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MONROE - A new Wal-Mart Supercenter in Monroe will take a groundbreaking step toward becoming a reality next week.

Representatives of Wal-Mart will conduct a groundbreaking for their new Supercenter at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, at the building site at the intersection of County N and Youth Cabin Road.

"The management, staff and associates at the present store are very excited to see the progress with all the excavating units, and proud to see the sign of the future Wal-Mart Supercenter," Ron Fager, Monroe Wal-Mart manager said.

Sixteen current Wal-Mart associates, who have worked at the current store since it opened in 1985, will turn over the first shovelfuls of dirt.

"Twenty percent of the original crew is still here," said Fager, who became manager in 2002.

One of the "original crew" is Assistant Manager Nancy Brooks.

The greatest change in the store she has seen is the computerization, which she said has not made for less work, but has made work easier.

"We used to manually order," she said. "Write it down and key it in." Now associates use telzons - hand-held computers.

Lisa Nelson, senior public affairs manager for Wal-Mart in Wisconsin, will provide an overview of the Supercenter, its design features and the benefits for the community.

Fager and Monroe Mayor Ron Marsh also participate in the ceremony. Most of the city's council members are expected to attend the groundbreaking, thus making it a public meeting - as noted in a public meeting notice Friday.