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Attention Guelph Walmart shoppers: get up early Thursday

New store will employ 170 full and part-time employees
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The new Walmart Supercentre on Stone Road is set to open. (Rob O'Flanagan/GuelphToday)

Guelph's second Walmart will open bright and early on Thursday morning.

The Walmart Supercentre on Stone Road will be open to the public starting at 7 a.m., the company said. An official grand opening ceremony will be held at 8 a.m.

The former Target department store is now a 121,000 square foot Walmart that employs approximately 170 full and part-time staff for which the company said it received close to 500 job applications.

A "grand opening party" is planned for Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will include family activities, live music, samples and a special appearance by Shopkins characters.