The first Walmart Supercenter
in Wesley Chapel brings a job boost to the local economy with 300 full- and part-time jobs.
The 207,000-square-foot supercenter, at 28500 State Road 54, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week offering residents an array of merchandise, a pharmacy, groceries, electronics and toys. There also is a free "Site to Store" program that allows customers to order items online for pickup at a brick-and-mortar store including the one at Wesley Chapel.
"It will allow our residents, more than 60,000 people, more convenience in shopping," says Jeff Novotny, president of The Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce
and principal at American Consulting Professionals/Engineers of Florida
. "It also serves as an attraction for more development. Walmart is a global industry. It's a positive influence in our community."
The supercenter is forging local ties.
One family-owned business -- Wesley Chapel Florist
-- is now a local provider for the supercenter. Lisa Armitage says Walmart representatives admired a floral arrangement she did for the chamber and offered a contract.
The store manager is Stephanie White who started with the company in 1988 as an hourly cashier in Port Richey.
Walmart's grocery department is stocked with fresh produce and name brands including organic items by Wild Oats. A Walmart mobile app for iPhone and Android allows customers to transfer prescriptions and order refills.
There is also a bakery, deli, money and vision centers and a digital photo processing department.
To celebrate the opening Walmart donated $7,000 in grants locally to Wesley Chapel High School, Wesley Chapel Lions Club, Watergrass Elementary School and Lily of the Valley food pantry.
In addition, the Wesley Chapel store will participate in the Walmart Foundation's $2 billion commitment to fight hunger through 2015.
Writer: Kathy Steele
Source: Jeff Novotny, Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce