This week, Wal-Mart announced the opening of its new Washington County store, as well as additional investments the company plans to make in Maryland this year. The store, which is conveniently located south of Hagerstown, has been confirmed as the only store Wal-Mart plans to open in Maryland this year. The new supercenter will bring more than three hundred new jobs to the state.
While the store is located just nine miles from the other Wal-Mart on Garland Groh Boulevard, both are expected to remain open simultaneously. The establishment was built on former farmland expanding over 55-acres. The store itself is 155,000 square-foot. The site offers more than 650 parking spaces to customers. The two lots located in the same area will be used for other commercial establishments in the near future.
Wal-Mart’s other investments will include the remodeling of more than eight locations throughout Maryland. Four of the stores scheduled to be renovated are located in the Baltimore area. In the company’s press release, marketing manager of Wal-Mart in Maryland, Doug Yeakey, insists 2017 will be a big year for the company in Maryland. The company plans to “continue to focus on how to better serve our customers through innovation and investments so they can save both time and money.”
According to the release, the company opened a single store in Maryland last year and created approximately 150 new jobs. During the same timeframe, the company remodeled seven facilities. Wal-Mart has also brightened the future of Marylanders by contributing substantially to nonprofits within the state. During the company’s 2017 fiscal year, they invested a little over 6.57 million dollars in cash and other contributions to Maryland nonprofits.