Scott Bonsall admits the last six months have not been easy for him.
The manager of the Walmart in Rosedale said customers have been extremely patient as his store, located at 6420 Petrie Way, has been a large construction site while the retail chain has undertaken an extensive remodeling project of the 10-year-old building.
During that time, portions of the store were torn apart with tarps covering many sections. Parking was also at a premium, with large sections of the lot closed off during the renovations.
But Bonsall said dealing with all of those problems would be worth it come 7:30 a.m. Wednesday when the refurbished and redesigned Walmart hosts its grand reopening.
The remodeled store will now be open 24 hours and will offer a variety of new services, including a full line of groceries.
“The last several months have been a challenge as we worked to complete this project,” said Bonsall, who has been at the Rosedale store for six years. “But the community has been very supportive and I believe they will be happy with the finished project.”
According to Walmart officials, the new store will be 156,000 square feet, a 14,087 square foot addition to the building. There will also be a bakery and a deli to go along with previous amenities like a photo center, pharmacy, vision center and McDonald’s.
The re-opening of the Rosedale Walmart coincides with a similar re-opening event, scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Nottingham Walmart, located at 8118 Perry Hills Court.
That store underwent a similar remodeling project that allowed the store to expand 24,950 square feet to 149,500 square feet, according to a Walmart news release.
Each store will now employ approximately 300 workers, with 170 positions being created by the store’s expansion, the release continued.
“We really want to be a one-stop shopping destination for our customers,” Bonsall said.