Walmart opens third store in county
By Carole Robinson, Senior Staff Writer
Fairview Walmart Store Manager Philip Richard and Fairview Mayor Beverly Totty cut the ribbon last week to officially open the newest store in the chain. Photos by Carole Robinson
Years of rumors and then anticipation ended last week with the grand opening of the Fairview Walmart.
“This is a Red Letter day for the City of Fairview,” said Fairview Mayor Beverly Totty before she assisted Walmart manager Philip Richard with cutting the ribbon. “It’s an opportunity for the community to shop at home and those in surrounding communities to come to Fairview. We are thrilled new employees have chosen to live here in Fairview – like Sean Riley, market manager, who moved here a year ago.”
The Fairview Walmart employs approximately 203 people, more than doubling the number of people who are staying in Fairview to work, Totty added. Until recently the western gateway to Williamson County was more of a bedroom community for the larger surrounding cities and towns.
Just minutes after the ribbon cutting, hundreds of community members wandered the approximately 125,000-square-foot grocery and general merchandise store, which features a tire and lube shop, vision center, pharmacy and other familiar Walmart amenities including round the clock open store hours.
Weather delays plagued the construction of the store from ground breaking until opening day, but according to Dwayne Moore, Walmart Regional Manager, the associates at this store did a phenomenal job pulling together the past five and a half weeks to open the store.
“We find our mission, ‘Live better, save more,’ resonates throughout the United States and globally,” Moore also said. “It encapsulates our three basic beliefs – strive for excellence, respect for the individual and service to our customers – and has driven the business model.”
The opening was almost like a family reunion for many Fairview area residents. Throughout the store, groups gathered to chat with friends and family in the comfortable and familiar Walmart environment. Walmart just may become the new community spot.
“I love it,” said Teresa Adcock, who was shopping with her son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter. “I can just run over here in a minute instead of going all the way to Dickson. My husband doesn’t like it—he says I’ll be here every day.”
The grand opening celebration included presentations of $8,000 in grants from Walmart to local community groups.
The Fairview Walmart is located on 7100 Hopgood Road, just off Highway 100.
Teresa Adcock and her granddaughter, Trinity, joined hundreds of early morning shoppers at the new store.
Posted on: 1/22/2014