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Monday, August 11, 2008

Rosarito Wal Mart Celebrates Grand Opening

Words and photo by Carlos Durán

Excitement around town was building as rumors about speculation of Wal Mart’s day to open. Finally on Wednesday, July 30 a prominent billboard announced its Grand Opening. The store opened (on time) at 7:00 am with a cheering crowd of employees as the ribbon was cut and shoppers rushed in to the pristinely clean and well-organized store, which is part of the Pabellón Shopping Center just off the first off-ramp coming into town from the north.

As you enter, you immediately begin your shopping journey with the fruits and vegetables. There was no turning of each tomato to see which unblemished one to buy, as they were all plump and red. Following were the seafood and meat departments with lots of choices, especially for this “paella” season.

The employees at each department greeted clients with a smile and friendly “Buenos dias,” an unusual gesture in most of the other big box stores.

The “panadería” had warm bolillos already at 7:05am. There were aisles and aisles of anything and everything you could want from a grocery store, and that was only one quarter of the store. The rest is pretty much what you would expect from a Wal Mart, very similar to its US cousins.
Other big box Pabellón Shopping Center stores includes Home Depot, Ashley Furniture, DAX and Coppel, and at least 25 more stores to open in the near future.

The only other stores now open are Vips Restaurant, Peter Piper Pizza, Baja Express Chinese and the movie complex Cinépolis.

Source: Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico. (PRWEB) July 13, 2008