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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." 

Kristien Hammer February 21, 2013 at 01:59 PM
I'm glad this new business will provide jobs for local people in my community, but honestly, I'm tired of seeing "value" stores like Dollar Max and Wal-Mart springing up in my area. Times are tough for everyone right now, and we all want the most bang for our buck, but I see stores like this as driving out competition from small business, and also encouraging bottom-of-the-barrel quality merchandise. As a life-long resident of the area, I'd love to see the Greer and Taylors area grow, but I don't think more Wal-Marts are the way. I'd rather see more focus on higher quality merchanise and small, locally owned business that fill specific niches in the community, rather than one large corporate-owned business that tries to fill all of them. But this will be made more difficult by prospective business owners who will be competing with "always the lowest price" at Wal-mart.
Pat Waldrop February 23, 2013 at 12:34 AM
The Walmart Neighborhood Market has been in Texas for a number of years and I have shopped them. Their merchandise is not bottom of the barrel and the prices are extremely competitive. Ex. Our family likes the Honey Crisp variety of apples and it is 3.49 to 3.99 a pound at other grocery stores. I get them at Walmart Market for 2.39 to 2.69 a pound. Now if they would stock Duke's mayonnaise I would be a happy camper.
Andrew Moore (Editor) February 23, 2013 at 06:47 AM
Wal-Mart and other big name value store chains are always sources for debate.... they provide jobs, but are often cited as reasons local businesses fail.

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