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Former resident earns promotion

Sunday, March 2, 2003

BENTONVILLE, Ark. - Ray Clark is the new manager of the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Helena, Ark.

Clark, who grew up in Essex, Mo., has nearly 23 years of experiences. He began his duties in Helena on Jan. 19.

"I am thrilled with this new opportunity," Clark said. "I look forward to helping the associates at this store continue their fine tradition of taking care of the customers in this community."

This is Clark's first time managing a Supercenter, which combines a full line of groceries and general merchandise under one roof. The store is 128,000 square feet.

Clark joined Wal-Mart in 1980 as a store manager trainee upon graduating from Southeast Missouri State University In Cape Girardeau where he received a bachelor's degree in management. He was promoted to assistant manager in Oxford, Miss., and worked as assistant manager in Roanoke, Ala., Opelika, Ala., and Tallassee, Ala., before being promoted to store manager in Tallassee. He was a store manager in Jacksonville, Ala., and Memphis, Tenn., before moving to Helena.

"Ray is so deserving of his new opportunity," said Wal-Mart District Manager Larry Crayton. "He has a strong history of serving the customer and his proven retail experience well positions him for this job."

Clark has been a member of the Chamber of Commerce in his other locations. As part of Wal-Mart's commitment to enhancing the quality of life in the communities it services by being personally involved in the community, he plans to join the Helena Chamber of Commerce.

He and his wife, Joyce, have two sons and a daughter.

Clark graduated from Richland High School in 1973. His parents, Theoplis and Onie Clark, live in Essex and he has a brother, Theoplis Clark Jr., who resides in Essex and a brother, Glenn Clark, who lives in Malden.

Wal-Marts Stores Inc. operates more than 2,870 discount stores, supercenters and Neighborhood Markets and more than 520 Sam's Clubs in the United States.