Walmart Grocery Set to Open in Littleton

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Walmart Neighborhood Market at 3615 W. Bowles Ave. will open with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7 a.m. on June 29, featuring giveaways, samples and more.

“The Littleton City Council and staff couldn’t be happier that Walmart selected Littleton as a location for one of its new neighborhood markets,” said Littleton City Manager Michael Penny. “The opening of this store is another powerful indicator that the economy in Littleton continues to be strong. I think our citizens will appreciate having more choices in where they can shop.

The 43,746-square-foot store will employ 80 people. It features a self-serve deli, pharmacy, digital-photo printing and a full line of groceries, and it will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The building was most recently occupied by SmartCo Foods, which opened in August 2010 and closed just four months later. Because the site was already zoned for a grocery store, the plan did not go before city council and no public hearings were required. Permits were issued for new signage and to remodel the interior.

“The Walmart Neighborhood Market will certainly have no more or less impact than the Albertsons, but there will certainly be a positive impact over the vacant space,” said Community Development Director Glen VanNimwegen when the plan was announced last fall. “It is always preferable for adjacent businesses to have a neighbor that brings in customers to the location again.”

In 2006, Walmart created a huge controversy by proposing a superstore on South Santa Fe Drive that would have backed up to South Platte Park. Council approved the plan by a 4-3 vote. A group of citizen activists took the issue to the voters, who shot Walmart down 7,878 to 5,128. Objections at the time ranged from “not in my back yard” to the effects it might have on the park to philosophical problems with the company, but some thought the convenience, affordability and sales-tax revenue outweighed those concerns.

Store manager Jennifer Plant began her Walmart career at a store in her hometown of Alamogordo, N.M., in 1998.

“Customer relationships are important,” said Plant. “I look forward to getting to know our customers.”

During the grand-opening celebration, $6,000 in grants will be awarded to local community groups. Local organizations that serve the community can apply for grants throughout the year; visit walmartstores.com/communitygiving for more information.