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One of the top employers in Town is about to get a bit more visibility.
The unnamed street that intersects with Front Street on the south side of Walmart soon will bear the name Sam Walton Lane after Walmart’s founder.
A ceremony unveiling the new name will be held at that intersection at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26 – the 10th anniversary of the Castle Rock Walmart’s opening in the current location.
The street is a private street, which Walmart constructed and continues to maintain, including performing snow removal. Therefore, with Town Council approval, Walmart was able to choose the name for the street by filing paperwork with the Town and Douglas County.
Street signs with the new name on a brown background – indicating the street’s private status – will be installed along the stretch during January, including at the intersection with Trail Boss Road.
Town Councilmembers will attend the unveiling in a show of appreciation for all Walmart does for the community. Not only is the store one of the Town’s major employers, it also supports many community organizations.
Walmart has donated to Town efforts including Castle of Terror, Community Work Days, Employee Appreciation Breakfasts, the annual Paint-A-Thon, Santa’s Second Chance, Teen Court and the Fire and Rescue Department’s annual chili supper during Starlighting. Firefighters also are allowed to collect donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Fill the Boot campaign in front of the store. On a communitywide level, Walmart has made contributions toward Eagle Scout projects, post prom parties and more.
The company helps out statewide, too. A recent example is a $30,000 grant the Walmart Foundation gave the University of Colorado Denver for a sustainability program benefiting Colorado municipalities. In 2008, Walmart stores, Sam’s Club and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $5.8 million in cash and in-kind donations to local organizations in Colorado. Through additional funds donated by customers and Walmart and Sam’s Club employees throughout the state, the retailer’s contributions in Colorado totaled more than $6.6 million in 2008.
Show your appreciation for Walmart by attending the ceremony – the public is welcome.