Oprah Visits Rolling Meadows to Do Some Shopping at Wal-Mart

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Oprah Visits Rolling Meadows to Do Some Shopping at Wal-Mart


Byline: Erin Holmes

OK, did everyone see it?

I'm talking about Tuesday's edition of "Oprah" - the one that featured the popular television host shopping in Rolling Meadows' very own Wal-Mart.

The taping was done about a week earlier, for a show on interior decorating. Seems Oprah chose to re-do area homes with items from Wal-Mart in light of the idea that shoppers can get anything they'd need there.

She apparently never had shopped at Wal-Mart before (guess you don't need those low prices when you have the kind of cash she does) and was impressed with all it offered.

Shoppers, meanwhile, were impressed simply by her.

"All of a sudden, I turned around and Oprah walked right up toward me, and I couldn't believe it," recounts Rolling Meadows resident and avid Wal-Mart shopper Charlotte Lane, who happened to be browsing the store herself the day Oprah hit the aisles. "I did go up to her and told her I loved her and she looked great."

And what did Oprah say?

"She said, 'Oh, this is great prices,'" Lane said, "and, 'No wonder everyone shops here.'"

Lane said Oprah and her film crew attracted, needless to say, a large following of shoppers, most of whom were asked to sign releases in case their faces should appear on television. Lane was one of them.

So why Rolling Meadows, when Wal-Mart has scads of stores in the Chicago area?

It turns out that store, a fairly new one, is used to media attention. A Wal-Mart corporate spokeswoman said the location has been used for training videos and is the first choice when a TV news station asks for footage of a store for a story on, for instance, snow shovel sales in the aftermath of a huge storm. …

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