OXFORD — At a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday, National Guardsmen held the American flag at attention while a singer delivered the national anthem; the local high school’s mascot, marching band and cheerleading squad performed in the parking lot; an emcee looped a musical crescendo through a PA system and called out the store’s managers, who rushed through a row of high-fives to a small stage; and hundreds of shoppers formed a line outside that snaked from the front doors to the back of the 136,000-square-foot new Sam’s Club.
“Ladies and gentlemen, it's been a long time," Mayor Leon Smith told shoppers. “I pulled up this morning and I said, 'Lord, what a crowd.’”
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Assistant Metro Editor Daniel Gaddy: 256-235-3560. On Twitter @DGaddy_Star.