Southeast Fresno Walmart Supercenter debuts Wednesday

The Fresno BeeMay 13, 2014 

The expansion that turned the southeast Fresno Walmart into a Walmart Supercenter will be debuted Wednesday.

The Walmart at 5125 E. Kings Canyon Road has been around for years but recently added about 45,000 square feet, bringing it to 176,000 square feet. The expansion creates 80 jobs and allows Walmart to carry more merchandise.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday will celebrate the changes. As of last Saturday, the store expanded its hours to be open 24 hours daily.

Much of the new space will be devoted to groceries, including adding fresh produce, a bakery and deli. The store will carry locally produced foods, including from La Tapatia, Mi Rancho and Producers Dairy.

The expansion faced some opposition when it went before the Fresno City Council in 2011 but was eventually approved. Critics said the southeast Fresno neighborhood was already saturated with grocery stores.

It is the first Supercenter within the city of Fresno. The second is under construction at the former Mervyns store at Ashlan and Blackstone avenues.

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