Among other landmark buildings in Joplin, including the high school, St. John’s Regional Medical Center, and numerous homes, the Walmart Supercenter on Rangeline Road was destroyed in the tornado that leveled a third of the city Sunday. All of their employees have been accounted for, but the store has been completely destroyed. It was right in the middle of the storm track, which traveled almost parallel to 20th street and crossed Rangeline Road. Oddly enough, some people had ducked into the Walmart, seeking protection just before the storm hit. Here’s a map of the store’s location:
A Walmart spokesman said they would do everything they could to help and that Walmart has already made a sizeable donation to help in the recovery effort. Walmart’s home office in Bentonville, Arkansas, is only 60 miles south of Joplin.