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1/15/2014 9:41:00 AM
Walmart opens!
Walmart staff man their new stations days before the supercenterís grand opening Jan. 15. The store will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Trib Photo/Briana Lonas
Walmart staff man their new stations days before the supercenterís grand opening Jan. 15. The store will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Trib Photo/Briana Lonas
Prescott Valley Walmart store manager Kevin Ray stands at the entrance of the new supercenter, ready to greet the throng of customers before the grand opening.
Trib Photo/Briana Lonas
Prescott Valley Walmart store manager Kevin Ray stands at the entrance of the new supercenter, ready to greet the throng of customers before the grand opening.
Trib Photo/Briana Lonas

Briana Lonas
Reporter


The Prescott Valley Walmart opens today after a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7:30 a.m. A variety of vendors will be on hand offering giveaways and specials throughout the day.

Walmart store manager Kevin Ray didn't imagine 20 years ago that he would be managing a brand new supercenter in the heart of Prescott Valley.

Ray started working for Walmart when he was sixteen and initially thought about becoming a pilot.

"I changed my mind as I wanted to stay in retail. I focused on getting my own store," Ray said.

He began his career as a seasonal, part-time associate and eventually took on management duties at the Prescott location.

The new store employs 300 full- and part-time staff.

"We have a handful of employees that transferred over from other stores, but it's mostly new staff," Ray said.

Some items may be set up a little differently from the other supercenters and Ray explained that his store features a drive-up pharmacy and the doors in the Garden Center roll up to allow for a breeze during the summer months.

Deliveries will take place daily to ensure the shelves remain stocked.The new store features 148,000 square feet of retail space and can hold a maximum capacity of 4,720 people.

The Town Council approved rezoning plans for the store in July 2006, but union-backed opponents qualified a referendum for the town-wide March 2007 ballot in hopes of overturning the decisions by the council and the Planning and Zoning Commission.

That same year, voters approved Proposition 400 endorsing the rezoning decisions. However, the Great Recession hit in 2008, and the project stalled. In 2011, the retail giant took a step forward when the town approved the rezoning and development plans.

Walmart is at 3450 Glassford Hill Road and open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Article comment by: No Thanks

I have never supported Wal-Mart and I will never ever shop there even if it's the last store in the area. Just gives me one more reason to avoid Glassford Hill Road. Besides we don't need THREE of them within a 10-15 mile radius. The worst drivers show up there and many people can't park without hitting someone else's car. No thank you.

Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2014
Article comment by: jonny b

I will boycott this .

Posted: Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Article comment by: Just Saying

First visit to the new PV Walmart over weekend. Found everything I was looking for in one location, in and out of the store in 30 minutes. No lines at check out. Staff was friendly and knowledgeable. Great experience. Will still shop Albertson's for groceries because they are huge and long-time supporters of our community organizations and our local schools. But appreciate the convenience of Walmart right around the corner.

Posted: Monday, January 20, 2014
Article comment by: Not on the inside.

@Rick Allen, running for council? LOL the ONLY thing PV has going for it is the first half of it's name. As for the Fains, they have sucked this town dry. YOUR tax money goes to their projects and to keeping their many scandals quiet. 2014 will not be their year however!! Even their main promoter left town in a hurry!! How things in Antham Louie?

Posted: Sunday, January 19, 2014
Article comment by: Rick Allen

The only thing that was sucking Prescott Valley dry was (is) Prescott. It is great that this WalMart has opened, and we can keep tax money in Prescott Valley. Thank you WalMart for going ahead and putting this store here in PV. I thank the Fain Group for making this possible. People in Prescott Valley need to do as much of there shopping in Prescott Valley as possible.

Posted: Saturday, January 18, 2014
Article comment by: I will still shop At the Prescott Hiway 69 store

Because the sales tax in Prescott is 8.3% and the sales tax in Prescott Valley is 8.6%.

And walmart needs to forget about building in Chino Valley with a sales tax of 10.3%.


Posted: Saturday, January 18, 2014
Article comment by: HAPPY WALMART SHOPPER

Excited to see a Walmart open in PV. I will shop locally. No reason for me to go in Prescott, Unless I go to the square, which I do offen in the spring and summer. .


Posted: Friday, January 17, 2014
Article comment by: amanda rodriguez

as a worker at the new wal mart on glassford id say we put a lot of hard work into getting this store open and I must say its beautiful!

Posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Article comment by: Gotta Love It!

Been looking forward to this store for many, many years. Welcome! As far as I'm concerned, I AM shopping local.

Simply awesome!


Posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Article comment by: Jacqueline Israel

This the only time you will see so many cashier lanes open!

Posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Article comment by: Boycott The Big Box

The big box stores are sucking this country dry. Shop locally...it is the only way to keep this town healthy, long-term.

Posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Article comment by: Not on the inside.

Prescott Valley 1, Tom Steele 0 LOL



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