Spring Hill Walmart opens Wednesday
By Carole Robinson, Senior Staff Writer
For those who have battled traffic between Spring Hill and Cool Springs, it’s been a long wait, but finally the Spring Hill Walmart opens for business Wednesday following a 7:30 a.m. ceremonial ribbon cutting.
Stock has been arriving for weeks and more than 200 new full and part-time employees are busy learning their way around the 180,000-square-foot superstore.
Located across from Campbell Station, the full-line superstore will also have a comprehensive selection of groceries, including organic and natural selections, a Subway restaurant, a bank, garden center, hair salon, vision center and pharmacy, said General Manager Martin Padgett.
Just as in the other stores, the “Walmart Walkers” are welcome, he added
“Walmart is big on saving people money so they can live better. A one stop shopping experience with low prices is now in Spring Hill.”
One feature that differentiates Spring Hill from other stores is the eco-friendly refrigeration system.
“Walmart has a goal, by 2025 it will be 100 percent eco-friendly with zero waste,” Padgett said. “We are one of 12 stores countrywide to have an eco-friendly refrigeration system. Instead of CO2, we use glycol. I am proud to say that. It’s a great step moving forward.”
With Halloween just around the corner, Walmart will open with plenty of supplies, and Christmas items are already arriving.
Padgett will present $8,000 in grants to area community organizations during the grand opening festivities.
This is part of the Walmart Foundation’s $2 billion pledge to fight hunger through 2015.
Padgett, who began his career with Walmart in 1988 as a temporary “associate,” said the store recently “partnered with The Well and Second Harvest Food Bank at Spring Hill High School. We will be involved with the community in anyway we can. That’s what we are here to do. We’re so excited to be here. This is a wonderful community.”
The public is invited to a special “Retailtainment” event, Saturday, Oct. 19 from noon to 3 p.m. that includes family fun activities and food samples.
Posted on: 10/10/2013