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    Wal-Mart Unveils Supercenter in San Antonio Air Force Base Redevelopment

    BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. celebrated the grand opening of one its newest Supercenters yesterday, but this store has a special history: It anchors a shopping center that was developed on the site of a former air force base in San Antonio.

    BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. celebrated the grand opening of one its newest Supercenters yesterday, but this store has a special history: It anchors a shopping center that was developed on the site of a former air force base in San Antonio.

    The new south San Antonio Supercenter anchors City-Base Landing Shopping Center, a 63-acre retail project that's part of the area's redevelopment efforts.

    "Brooks City-Base is a premier public-private partnership that will have a tremendous impact on the quality of life in San Antonio for years to come, and we are proud to be a part of the area's revitalization," said store manager Donald Gary in a statement. "We worked closely with the Brooks Development Authority and local officials to create an atmosphere that supplements the neighborhood's distinct character."

    As part of a collaboration between Wal-Mart and community leaders, the store's exterior and landscaping have been specially designed to complement Brooks City-Base's distinctive architecture. The store features a red brick facade, extensive landscaping, and minimal signage to allow it to blend in with the surrounding neighborhood.

    Last April Wal-Mart partnered with Brooks Development Authority and other community organizations to relocate and thereby save more than 40 native Texas trees from the site, replanting them in the surrounding area.

    Part of the store's commitment to the area will be providing community grants throughout the year to neighborhood organizations, schools, and civic groups. The retailer is providing an initial $22,000 in grants in honor of its grand opening.

    As of March 2006, Wal-Mart operated 254 Supercenters in the state of Texas. The company also has 61 discount stores, 30 Neighborhood Markets, and 70 Sam's Clubs in the state.

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