Just in time for last-minute Halloween costume shopping, football party planning and the fast-approaching holiday season, Greenfield’s new Walmart opens this week.
Community and business leaders will join Walmart associates for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the newly relocated 150,000-square-foot store at 7:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 26.
The store, 10600 W. Layton Ave., will immediately open to the public following the grand-opening ceremony.
“We are encouraged when a business, large or small, makes an investment in our community,” Greenfield Mayor Michael Neitzke said. “Walmart has always supported Greenfield, whether with our 50th anniversary or through numerous contributions to local groups. It's my understanding the bigger store will not only employ upwards of 300 local people, but its location on Highway 100 and Layton will benefit other local businesses and will attract additional customers to the shopping area. Walmart’s decision to do bigger business in Greenfield is a beautiful thing.”
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The grand-opening day will feature a variety of unspecified events and promotions and will include product samplings and giveaways. All events are family-friendly and free and open to the public.
In addition, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation will give $8,000 in grants to unspecified local organizations at the opening.
“We are proud to be opening during the year that Walmart celebrates the 50th anniversary of its first store opening,” said store manager Joe Shavlik in a statement. “We look forward to serving the people of our community, helping save them money so they can live better.”
The new Walmart, opening right next door to the old Walmart, will feature general merchandise sales along with a full line of groceries. The grocery area will include fresh produce, including a variety of organic products, as well as a full bakery, meat and dairy products, frozen foods and much more.
Other store features include a deli serving fresh food, full liquor sales, more than 30 merchandise departments such as apparel and accessories, a garden center, a pharmacy, digital-photo processing center, vision center and leased areas that include a U.S. Bank branch and a Subway restaurant.
The relocated store, which will be open 24 hours a day and seven days a week, brings approximately 85 new jobs to the area, raising the total to 300 employees, according to Shavlik.
The old Walmart will be converted into The Ridge Community Church, which has purchased the building and is expected to lease to at least two other tenants.