Besides Wheeler, Pleasanton Mayor Jerry Thorne and Scott Raty, president of the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce, also gave welcoming speeches. The ceremony closed with a benediction and then Walmart chants and singing by the employees, all dressed in Walmart-green shirts.
A group of about 20 Walmart protesters, including former City Councilman Matt Sullivan, lined Santa Rita Road in front of the Walmart parking lot, passing out fliers objecting to "low-wage jobs" at the non-unionized Walmart stores.
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