Wednesday morning marked the grand opening of the new Walmart Neighborhood Market located at 1800 East Centerton Boulevard. The new store will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is bringing with it 95 full and part-time jobs.
Centerton Mayor Bill Edwards has been excited since the ground breaking back in December to see the doors finally open and store manager Donna Shultz said her store has already become a part of the community.
"Not only convenience for our citizens here because you know we have this brand new highway and everybody drives by it now so it will get plenty of traffic, but we also create about 100 jobs for our citizens here also," said Mayor Edwards.
"We're part of a great neighborhood environment and we're just so looking forward to be able to serve the customer with respect and love and create that family environment that we've already started," said Shultz.
During the grand opening celebration, Walmart also presented $6,000 in grants. The City of Centerton received $2,500 to help complete the park project around the lake. The Centerton Fire Department also received $2,500, the Literacy Council of Benton County received $500 and the Northwest Arkansas Women's Shelter received $500.
Shultz said it is very important to them to show their community support. In addition the grants, the new Centerton Walmart Neighborhood Market will continue to fight hunger across our area and across the country. During the fiscal year 2014, Walmart stores in Arkansas donated nearly 17-million pounds of food which is the equivalent of nearly 14-million meals. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation also gave more than $79-million in Arkansas alone.