Monday, March 28, 2011

Wal-mart to reopen stores in quake-ravaged areas of eastern Japan

Leading US-based store Wal-Mart will reopen 22 out of the 24 stores in the earthquake and tsunami-ravaged areas in northeastern Japan. Two of the stores operating in the tsunami-hit areas were severely damaged and were covered by mud.
Other than the two store locations which were totally submerged in mud, the rest of the stores managed to operate even in their parking lots just hours after the disaster, giving away bottled water and some noodles to victims while selling other items in limited quantities, according to Anthony Rose, Vice-President of Corporate Affairs for Asia of Wal-Mart. "Wal-Mart has a lot of experience of dealing with disasters learning from the earthquakes in china, Chile and also the Katrina disaster to name a few," said Scott Price, president and CEO of Wal-Mart Asia in a statement emailed by Rose.

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