If you’ve always wanted to visit a “virgin” Walmart – one that still smells like a shiny new car, with untouched merchandise neatly folded, hung and stacked – now is your chance. Naperville’s new Walmart Supercenter opened this past Wednesday.
Built on what was once forest preserve land at 75th Street and Bebe Road, the city council granted $1.75 million in sales tax rebates to keep the big box giant in Naperville, after Walmart talked of moving to the Aurora side of IL-59. The economic incentive enabled Walmart to close down its current location and move to bigger and better digs -- and keep its sales tax revenues in the city.
The new store replaces the 24-year-old building at 776 IL-59 and adds 50,000 square feet. New to the Walmart Supercenter is a full line grocery center, including a fresh produce section, bakery, full-service deli, prepared meals, organic and natural selections, and alcohol.
Subway is moving with Walmart, and there is a
new vision center with an on-site optometrist, Smart Style family hair salon,
and Da Vi Nail Salon, in addition to expanded family apparel, homeliness, electronics,
toys, sporting goods, and lawn and garden sections.
The 188,888-square-foot building is built with a green imprint, so shoppers won’t feel like they’re in a Fluorescent cave, with energy efficient light fixtures and refrigeration equipment.
“We’re always trying to change based on what our customers tell us,” store manager Greg Szarzynski said. “We’re constantly looking to provide the best service. We think Naperville residents will love the new store.”
The Walmart Supercenter has doubled its work force from 160 at the old location to 350 sales associates, mostly from the Aurora and Naperville area.
“We’re still in a continuous hiring process,” Szarzynski said. “We have plenty of associates for the grand opening, but we’re always looking for new associates.”
Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 15, when Walmart will celebrate the supercenter’s opening with a “big family welcome” for residents from noon to 3 p.m. Enjoy fun family activities such as face painting, cupcake decorating and free food samples – including 700 Chicago-style hot dogs, while supplies last.
Patch was on hand for a sneak preview of the new Walmart Supercenter in Naperville and it was pretty impressive. Check out the photo gallery.