If the Minden Planning Commission approves, Minden’s Walmart will add 2,800 sq. feet on the side parking lot on the grocery side to be used as a training facility to help better promote customer service throughout stores in the region. The planning commission is set to meet at 10 a.m. Thursday at city hall. Bruce Franklin/Press-Herald

Minden’s Walmart Supercenter could become one of several academies with teaching staffs and students from nearby Supercenters the chain plans to open over the next two years.

The academy will serve as a training center for employees that operate stores around the region and will replace computer-based instruction with live training. The centers are Walmart’s attempts to provide better customer service throughout its stores.

“The training facility will help ensure more consistent, accurate and sustainable training to our associates,” Walmart communications director Anne Hatfield said. “That in turn results in a better shopping experience for our customers.”

Hatfield said the center is


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