Residents of Historic Westside Village are invited to the new Walmart store, which opens immediately following a 7:30 a.m., grand-opening celebration Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 835 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. The new store brings approximately 150 new jobs to the area and opportunities for savings for customers. It will be open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.

Mayor Kasim Reed and community officials will be on-site for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 23. The Washington High School band will perform the national anthem. The Rev. Kenny Alexander from the Antioch Urban Ministries will lead the invocation.

Customers are encouraged to come to the store on Wednesday to take advantage of a wide variety of events and promotions, including product samplings and giveaways from companies such as Coca-Cola, Frito-Lay and Nestle.

Kellogg’s will be giving away cereal bowls and Sara Lee will be handing out loaves of bread. Throughout the weekend, the Oscar Mayer weiner mobile will be on hand and Cross Mark will be grilling steaks for sampling. All events are family-friendly, free and open to the public.

“My team and I are thrilled to have this opportunity to serve as good stewards of the community,” said store manager Quincy L.A. Springs, IV. “We are excited to provide groceries, produce, and general merchandise to our community so they can save money and live better.”

The new store features a wide assortment of merchandise, including:

• Family apparel
• Health and beauty aids
• Electronics
• Toys
• Jewelry
• Automotive products
• Home furnishings
• Hardware
• Sporting goods
• Pet supplies
• Housewares

The grocery area will include a wide selection of fresh produce, including a variety of ethnic products. Other features include a bakery, meat and dairy products, dry goods and staples, beverages, beer and wine, a deli, frozen foods, canned and packaged goods, baking items and household supplies.

The pharmacy will offer a full range of products and services to support the health and wellness of customers and their families. The pharmacy team can answer questions and offer health and wellness solutions. They can also assist customers who wish to transfer their prescriptions to Walmart.

As customers enter the store, a mural of photos depicting local civil rights leaders and the history of the community can be seen.

Nonprofit organizations will also benefit from the retailer’s ongoing charitable contributions and support for community projects. As part of Walmart’s commitment to the communities in which it operates, grants will be given throughout the year.

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