The wait was over in mid-May for Doral residents to view Walmart’s completed expansion, at 8651 N.W. 13th Ter. where area employment was boosted by 200 staff members.
Originally opened in 1994, the store was recently renovated to ease customer shopping by increasing the store’s size by more than 100,000 square feet. The Doral store added 200 new associates due to the expansion.
Customers now find a full line of grocery items, fresh produce, meats, seafood, a bakery, a cafeteria, a coffee bar and an expanded electronics department.
Joining store manager Eddie Marciniak and store associates to celebrate the grand opening at a May 18 ribbon- cutting ceremony were County Commissioner Jose Diaz and Doral Mayor Juan Carlos Bermudez. Shoppers enjoyed product samplings from several Latin and American vendors during the weekend.
“With the opening of the grocery side, Walmart continues to be a big part of the positive economic development for the City of Doral,” said Mayor Bermudez. “Walmart provides job opportunities and career choices for everyone from seniors looking for supplemental income to young people wanting to gain work experience,” said Marciniak who began his Walmart career in 1994 in a management training program.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) serves customers and members more than 200 million times per week at over 10,000 retail units under 69 different banners in 27 countries. Fiscal year 2012 sales were approximately $444 billion with more than 2 million employed worldwide.