New Walmart Supercenter Welcomes Shoppers

With help from Turscarora High School cheerleaders and a VFW Color Guard, the new Walmart supercenter at the Compass Creek development in Leesburg welcomed its first customers at 8 a.m. today.

Located at 19360 Compass Creek Parkway, the new store employs 300 people—including employees from its previous store on Edwards Ferry Road, which closed Tuesday night, plus 100 new associate positions hired for the larger operation. The store will be open 24 hours, seven days a week.

“We are proud to be a part of the Leesburg community for almost 26 years now, and we’re excited to debut the new store to our customers,” store manager Marjorie Welch said.

“Our customers live busy lives so we are constantly finding new and innovative ways to save them time and money and improve their shopping experience,” Welch said.

Among the new services she highlighted was the online grocery order and pick up. The staff delivered the store’s first order to a customer who pulled up outside at 8:02 a.m., just moments after the official opening.

During a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by county and town elected representatives and the Chamber of Commerce, Welch presented donations to two community organizations: $1,500 to American Legion Post 77 and $1,000 to Joshua’s Hands, a volunteer group that makes quilts for members of the military. A group of Walmart staffers unveiled to Joshua’s Hands founder Joyce Guthrie a quilt they made.

County Chairwoman Phyllis Randall (D-At Large) said one thing that makes Walmart special it is staff. “The term, ‘our people make the difference’ is so true. Did you ever walk in the store and you can’t find anybody, you don’t know how much this cost, you go to check out and you can’t find anybody to check you out, you try to go to the self-checkout and you don’t know what you are doing. You can’t figure out how much your apples cost. It’s just a mess. That doesn’t happen here,” Randall said. “That doesn’t happen here because you guys are there. You’re helpful. You’re always on top of things. Walmart’s associates really, really do make the difference.”

Walmart plans to spend an estimated $103 million this year in Virginia through the remodeling or opening of 13 stores and through the continued expansion of innovations.

Walmart is hoping residents will check out the new store during the Big Family Welcome event this weekend. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 1, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 2, the new store will have activities for the entire family, free food samples and giveaways while supplies last.

The Compass Creek store also has its own Facebook page. For more information, go to facebook.com/walmart1904.
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County Chairwoman Phyllis Randall (D-At Large) pointed to Walmart’s staff as a key ingredient in the store’s longterm success.
Store Manager Marjorie Welch presents a $1,000 donation to Joshua’s Hands founder Janet Guthrie during the May 30 ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Walmart Supercenter near Leesburg.
Store Manager Marjorie Welch presents a $1,500 donation to American Legion Post 34 during the May 30 ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Walmart Supercenter near Leesburg.

7 thoughts on “New Walmart Supercenter Welcomes Shoppers

  • 2019-05-29 at 1:05 pm
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    “Did you ever walk in the store and you can’t find anybody, you don’t know how much this cost, you go to check out and you can’t find anybody to check you out, you try to go to the self-checkout and you don’t know what you are doing. You can’t figure out how much your apples cost. It’s just a mess.”

    Errm… No? What grocery store is such a mess in Loudoun County that all these things are happening? Did I miss an article about a prankster going from store to store removing price tags on shelves and code stickers from apples?

    Glad the new Walmart is finally opened!

  • 2019-05-29 at 5:07 pm
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    Yeah! Who’s the wise guy playing tricks on the Chair and confusing her about the price of apples? Come on! Fess up!

    Obviously, the Chair dosen’t frequent grocery stores in circa. 2019 Loudoun County….

  • 2019-05-30 at 8:46 am
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    Dear Leesburg Residents,
    I want to go on record to say that I do not support the new location or grand opening of Walmart. I do not support the closing of its current location that serves as an affordable food source and health care products, jobs provider and retail center for many in an area of the Town that are economically disadvantaged.

    Most people will not know that the new location is not within the Town corporate limits and is located in the Joint Land Management Area that is under the control of the County and through a policy agreement with the Town. The County has not worked with the Town on the development of this area per the policy agreement.

    Leesburg residents deserve to business that serve our residents, particularly when retail companies get their business profits from the dollars spent by Leesburg residents.

    Too often the voices of the least among us is not heard over the desire for corporate profits.

    The response from the County to legitimate issues that have been raised was to add one new bus route
    I will not celebrate this move by Walmart or the grand opening celebration organized by the Town that dismisses the needs of the residents and ignores their plight.

    The Town is currently in annexation discussions with the County in the Joint Land Management Area that contains the parcel in which Walmart is located and the Walmart officials have refused to even talk about annexation that needs their approval. No amount of kissing up makes this a good deal for Town residents

    The decision by Walmart to move without conversation or consideration and this planned celebration is further evidence of Town leadership failure and the price that will be paid by the residents.

    Walmart is certainly free to make business decisions that support their profit motives and we are certainly free to support businesses that support our Town.

    This is just not the time to celebrate.

    I pledge to continue to work to find a replacement businesses that support the residents in the area of the soon to be vacated Walmart.

    Some local, county and town elected officials attended the grand opening, and I chose to decline my invite and instead continue to work on behalf of our residents for a solution.

    Thank you Leesburg for allowing me to serve.

  • 2019-05-30 at 8:49 am
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    This must have been a hard one for Ms. Randall. I thought she was supposedly about buying local, being green… but Walmart is not known for that or keeping jobs in the USA. The photo op was too good to pass up, I guess.

    • 2019-05-30 at 1:43 pm
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      Democrats are hypocrites and, especially in Loudoun, Democrats crow about being green and environmental to get votes and then sell out those constituencies every.single.time.

  • 2019-05-30 at 1:40 pm
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    I am very glad to see a Super Walmart in this location and shopped there on opening day. I was surprised to see a completely packed parking lot at 7:00pm and the store was very crowded. Walmart knows what it is doing. This place will be a gold mine for them and it is a great convenience to us that live on the southside of Leesburg. I am happy to not have to cross Rt 7 any more to go shopping or go through the 10 lights on Battlefield to get there.

    I am still wondering how Walmart traffic is going to work with only one exit spilling on Battlefield, which often already gets considerably backed up.

    In addition to Walmart, the entire Crosstrail development is very welcome and completely changes the dynamic of Leesburg.

  • 2019-06-04 at 11:18 am
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    RCamp1953 (AKA Ron Campbell). Nobody cares you weren’t there. Nobody pays attention to your idiotic statements. Walmart got approval, they built, they opened, and they closed the smaller store. Nothing you can do about it. The poor people on Edwards Ferry Road can take that shuttle to Target or costco, or walk to Giant on East Market Please stop the hand wringing and acting like you know everything and everyone else knows nothing.

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