Gallery: Greer Welcomes Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market
Mayor Rick Danner hopes Wal-Mart's new presence may spur more development on stretch of Wade Hampton Boulevard.
Wal-Mart's first Neighborhood Market in the state of South Carolina officially opened its doors Wednesday.
The 48,000 square-foot location at 805 West Wade Hampton Boulevard offers a full line of groceries, such as meat, dairy, deli, produce and frozen foods, along with a full pharmacy. It employs roughly 80 people.
Greer Mayor Rick Danner praised the company Wednesday morning for re-purposing an existing building to fit the needs of a new Wal-Mart prototype popping up elsewhere in the country.
"If you're in business today, you have to be adaptable to be successful, and this is a perfect example of being adapatable," Danner said. "Wal-Mart's concept to come in here with a store like this is spot on."
Danner also said he hoped the presence of a retail giant like Wal-Mart may spur more economic development along a stretch of Wade Hampton Boulevard in Greer that has seen its up and downs.
"By y'all driving a stake in the ground here, we're going to see a lot more development in this area," Danner said.
Kirsten Tucker, the manager of the new location, said the store is aimed at meeting the everyday needs of a grocery shopper.
"Weve got the produce, groceries, a huge epharmacy department," Tucker said. "What we are about is the grocery experience - consumable everyday needs."
After the ceremony, dozens of waiting customers filed in to shop at the new store. Many of them praised the store's central location.
"It's a very good location. It really is," said Jean Smith. "In fact, I've been going to the other Wal-Mart (also in Greer) to get our medicine, and this is going to be closer to mehere. We don't live far from here."
Karen Williams said she too, was enthralled with the proximity of the new store to her home.
"I love it. I just love it, " Williams said. "It's only a few minutes from my house, instead of going almost to Lyman or to Taylors. I just love it."