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North Bergen Walmart reopens after $18 million remodeling

The remodeled store features a new HIV-focused specialty pharmacy

Officials celebrated the reopening on Jan. 13. Photo courtesy of the township.

The North Bergen Walmart held a grand reopening, or “regrand opening” as they called it on Friday, Jan. 13.

The North Bergen Walmart opened on Jan. 28, 2010 and employs thousands of local employees, serving hundreds of thousands of customers. The reopening follows a huge $18 million, seven-month remodeling project that transformed the space.

Mayor Nicholas Sacco and the Township Commissioners were on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony, along with Police Chief Peter Fasilis, County Commissioner Anthony Vainieri, NHRFR Executive Director Michael DeOrio, Parking Authority Executive Director Robert Baselice, and many other township officials and administrators. Also participating in the event was the North Bergen High School Marching Band, which performed several numbers to the delight of the large crowd.

As part of the remodeling, they launched a new HIV-focused specialty pharmacy in the facility – the first of its kind in the northeastern U.S. In addition to providing for customers’ prescription and over-the-counter needs, the pharmacy will offer additional services for customers with or at risk of HIV, making available industry-leading clinical programs, pharmacy services provided by HIV-trained pharmacists, enhanced care coordination, healthy lifestyle recommendations, and more.

At the grand reopening the store donated checks for $1,500 and more to the North Bergen Police Department, North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue, National Hispanic Reformed Church, Kidney Foundation, Hyacinth AIDS Foundation, Koenig Childhood Cancer Foundation, and Hoboken Family Foundation, Inc. Joining in the event were numerous vendors including The Corn Guys, Pepsi, and Frito Lay.

Attendees were treated to various freebies and giveaways. Festivities continued throughout the weekend.

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