Crowd turns out for Super Walmart grand opening

Crowd turns out for Super Walmart grand openingBy BRIAN COSNER

News Review Staff Writer

More than 100 people came out early on a blustery Wednesday morning for the grand opening of Ridgecrest’s Walmart Supercenter.

The event featured Desert Christian Center’s live band, cheer squads from Burroughs and Trona high schools, Boy Scout troops, members of the BHS marching band and more as representatives from the city, Walmart and the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce honored those dedicated to making this long-time project happen.

“I wish to extend sincere congratulations on the grand opening of the Walmart Supercenter at the Eastern Sierra Marketplace,” said a proclamation from Assemblywoman Shannon Grove, read by Councilman-elect Martin Wallace. “Thank you for building your business and creating jobs in the city of Ridgecrest.”

According to Store Manager Jason Haile, the new Walmart also comes with 200 new jobs for the valley.

“To have this major development serving Ridgecrest is fantastic,” added Martin. “It took a long time and I applaud the efforts of all those involved.”

Also representing the city was Councilman Mike Mower.

Mayor Peggy Breeden also congratulated the “long-awaited, much-needed development” during Wednesday night’s meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council.

“It took 16 years, but we’re truly proud they decided to locate here,” she said. “We are proud to be partners with them. I am proud to be in partnership with all of the businesses in this community.”

She added that Economic Development Manger Gary Parsons was ill and unable to attend the grand opening.

After the ribbon was cut, the large crowd shuffled into the store to beat the huge crowds that would come. Throughout the day the massive, packed parking lot showed that the store’s opening was well received.

Pictured: Walmart representatives are joined by Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and other local officials during Wednesday morning’s grand opening of the Walmart Supercenter. -- Photo by Laura Austin

Story First Published: 2016-11-18