Wal-Mart manager Ryan Edwards stands proudly in the mian aisle of his brand new store just after the grand opening at 7:30 this morning in Lawrence.
The Lawrence Children's Choir, Wal-Mart employees, local dignitaries and shoppers gathered Wednesday morning at 7:30 to celebrate the opening of the new store at 6th Street and Wakarusa Drive in Lawrence.
Costumed product mascots greet shoppers in the new Wal-Mart store just after the grand opening Wednesday morning.
Shelves full of impeccably arranged Barbie Dolls in the new Wal-Mart store await customers just after the grand opening Wednesday morning.
An early shopper is the first to make his way up the immaculate canned-goods aisle in the new Wal-Mart store just after the grand opening Wednesday morning.
Wal-Mart employees lead a group of associates in reciting the "Wal-Mart cheer" during the grand opening of the new store Wednesday morning.
The new Wal-Mart store just after the grand opening at 7:30 this morning.
Wal-Mart employees listen to a speech commemorating the opening of the new store Wednesday morning.
Lawrence mayor Rob Chestnut, at the microphone, shares a joke with Ryan Edwards, left, manager of the new Wal-Mart store, Wednesday morning during the grand opening at the store at 6th Street and Wakarusa Drive.
In this file photo from April 2009, Steve Kelly, right, speaks in his capacity as Kansas assistant secretary of commerce during the grand opening of the Lawrence Wal-Mart near Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive. Kelly now serves as the vice president of economic development for the Lawrence chamber of commerce.