The Walmart supercenter on Jimmy Carter Boulevard is set to open Wednesday.
NORCROSS — A grand opening of a new Walmart supercenter next week won’t just be a celebration of a new store.
Located at what used to be one of Gwinnett’s blighted and dangerous spots, new Jimmy Carter Boulevard facility is being heralded as a redevelopment that not only brings jobs but dignity back to the community.
“I am eager to see Wal-Mart’s investment into this great community,” said Gwinnett County Commissioner Lynette Howard, noting that both Walmart and county officials had to work hard to keep the project on track due to issues with bringing the site originally developed decades ago up to current standards. “I would like to thank all that were involved to make this redevelopment project a new standard for others to follow.”
Leaders plan a 7:30 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday for the location, which will be open from 6 a.m. until midnight seven days a week. That day, Walmart plans to open two other locations in the Atlanta area, including a neighborhood market in Peachtree Corners.
The Jimmy Carter location adds 200 jobs to the community and brings a one-stop experience, complete with groceries, apparel and a pharmacy, in an area short of shopping options.
“The redevelopment of the Greens Corner site has always been an important part of the Community Improvement District’s revitalization efforts,” CID Director Chuck Warbington said of the Gwinnett Village area. “The economic investment – through jobs and capital funding that Walmart is making in the community – is jump starting a shopping center that has been underutilized for many years.”
Wednesday’s ceremony will include the presentation of $6,000 in grants to local community groups including Rockbridge Elementary and Meadowcreek High schools, the Norcross Police Department, Gwinnett County Fire Department, Victory World Church and the A. Worley Brown Boys and Girls Club.
Another celebration is scheduled for noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, where activities include face painting, cupcake decorating and free food samples.