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Oklahoma business briefs for July 11, 2014
Oklahoman Published: July 11, 2014
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Ceremony will open

Walmart in Choctaw

A new Walmart opens here Wednesday after a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7:30 a.m. at 14185 Mack Harrington Drive. The 152,000-square-foot store, which will be open 24 hours a day, will employ about 300 full-time and part-time workers. The grand-opening celebration includes presentations of $4,000 in grants from Walmart to local community groups. Grant recipients include Choctaw High School, the Choctaw Police Department, city of Harrah and Eastern Oklahoma County Resource Center. On Saturday, customers can meet store manager Mark Deisering and enjoy family activities and free food samples while supplies last from noon to 3 p.m.

Express announces

its 700th franchise

Oklahoma City-based Express Employment Professionals recently awarded its 700th franchise location. With offices in the U.S., Canada and South Africa, Express has rapidly expanded since the Great Recession of 2009. In the past three years, Express has grown from 553 franchises, and sales are up 152 percent since the beginning of 2010. Bob Funk, CEO and chairman, attributed much of the success to franchise owners, the staff and the environment they have created. “It’s a testament to the Express culture. We’re unique in the staffing industry. We’re among the top brands in North America and have committed to the winning model of franchising.” Louis and Vernita Williams, of Lansing, Ill., are the new owners of the company’s 700th Express office.

From Staff Reports