SPRINGDALE (KFSM)- A Walmart Supercenter on Elm Springs Road had its grand opening ceremony at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday (Aug. 13). It created about 300 jobs.
There were vendors and a ribbon cutting ceremony. There are two Walmart Supercenters in Springdale. The other Walmart is off of hwy 71.
Sherry Curtis- Swenson is the store manager. She's from Springdale and started her career at the other Walmart in town 21 years ago as a cashier.
"I'm from this area so I'm hoping to see friends and family," she said. "I'm excited for the associates because they have learned so much through this process."
The company will give $10,000 to organizations like the Springdale Senior Center, the Springdale Animal Shelter, the Samaritan's House, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Springdale and the Springdale High School Booster Club.
"I'm excited," Curtis-Swenson said. "I'm anxious to see the customers and meet the people that are around town."
Mayor Doug Sprouse said the new store will help keep some revenue in the city from those shoppers who were going to other cities to shop. He also said it's convenient to those people who live on that side of town.
The area around the Walmart is attracting to other businesses.
"Walmarts don't usually sit out somewhere by themselves," Sprouse said. "They get things around them and it will be good for our area."
According to Bill Rogers with the Springdale Chamber of Commerce, a McDonalds and an Arvest Bank will be built nearby.
"We think we are in the upswing and I think the investment that we've made in infrastructure and continue to make will pay dividends for a while," Sprouse said.
The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department plans to expand the Elm Springs overpass with the expected traffic increase near the Walmart Supercenter to six lanes. Bids will open for that project Spring 2015.