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No date set for local Walmart reopening says corporate spokeswoman

'There is no specific target reopening date at this point'

The Walmart store at Northgate still doesn't have a date to reopen, after arson closed it last week.

"The store will reopen as soon as possible while we work with officials to ensure the store is safe and up to the standards our customers expect and deserve," Felicia Fefer, Manager, Corporate Affairs told BayToday this morning. "There is no specific target reopening date at this point."

See: Some Walmart services continue to operate despite fire-related damage

Walmart remains closed for repairs and clean up of the damage resulting from a deliberately set fire and the resulting deployment of the sprinkler system in the store, last Friday.

Pharmacy patients can have their prescriptions delivered or they can pick up and drop off prescriptions at the store. Customers can call (705) 472-4877.

For eyewear orders, customers can call the Vision Centre to arrange for pickup by appointment only. Customers can call (705) 472-1704.
North Bay Police and an investigator from the Ontario Fire Marshal's Office continue to investigate the origin of the fire and have asked the public for any information related to the arsonist.

See related story: Updated with video, Police seeking public help in Walmart arson

And: Walmart promises to pay employees while store is closed by arson

No person or group has claimed responsibility for the fire which was started in the men's clothing section of the store.

There have been other incidents of arson at Walmart in Ontario recently. 

Waterloo police made two arrests in connection with the fires that occurred at three Walmart stores in Kitchener and Waterloo last month.

In those cases, fires were set in the toilet paper and paper towel aisle. Ontario’s Office of the Fire Marshal estimated the cost of the three fires to be more than $12 million.

One reopened after being closed for about three weeks, all three have since reopened.

See: Walmart stores reopening following fires.

A 21-year-old man from Paris and a young person are facing charges in connection with the three fires.

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