YAKIMA, Wash. - Discount retailer Walmart opened a new store Wednesday in West Valley creating new jobs, grants for local organizations and a second location in the city for shoppers.
The doors opened at 8:00 a.m. and the store is now operating 24 hours a day. Local elected leaders as well as community members came to a ribbon cutting ceremony just before the open.
Kim Pierce is the store manager and believes a second location in Yakima reflect the changes happening in the city.
"I think it says that, you know, Yakima is growing very much," she said. "The more businesses, the more businesses are gonna come in and help support the community."
Many of the store's 350 employees were present for the opening celebration.
The Walmart Foundation previously announced that it was donating $24,000 in grants to local programs related to health, public safety, schools, and business development as part of the company's arrival in the community.
Walmart's newest store is located on 6600 W. Nob Hill Blvd. There is another store at 1600 E. Chestnut Ave.