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.