Walmart Celebrates Full Reopening

Mayor Lucero, City Councilors Peggy Sue Martinez and Pedro Valdez, and Walmart store manager John Jeffries cutting the ribbon to officially reopen the store. Photo by Valley Daily Post

Walmart Celebrates Full Reopening

Staff Report

Walmart celebrated the official reopening of the Walmart Super Center in Española with a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday morning outside the newly remodeled store on Riverside Drive. Store manager John Jefferies welcomed over 100 people including Walmart associates and guests for a ceremony which included a ribbon-cutting by Española Mayor Alice Lucero, and the presentation of several giant checks valued at $7,000 to local causes and nonprofits.

Organizations that received checks from Walmart to support their community service included:

  • $250 to the Española Police Department to support their youth drug prevention D.A.R.E program.
  • $750 to the Boys & Girls Club of Pojoaque, Ohkay Owingeh, and Chimayo for their work with the area’s children
  • $1,000 to the Española Valley Little League, which services over 600 area youth every year
  • $1,000 to the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service for their work to provide in-home health and hospice service to residents of the Valley
  • $1,500 to Tewa Women United and hundreds of employee volunteer hours in their gardening and landscape projects around town.
  • $2,500 to the Food Depot to support their work providing families in need with a source of healthy food. Last year the Food Depot provided 5,163,000 meals to the residents of northern New Mexico. Representatives from the Food Depot presented Walmart store manager with a plaque thanking the corporation for their current and past help in providing food to people in need.

Representatives of the Boys & Girls Club receive their check. Photo by the Valley Daily Post

In addition to Mayor Lucero, several other dignitaries attended including City Council members Peggy Sue Martinez and Pedro Valdez. The Espanola Valley Chamber of Commerce was represented by Director Trish Padilla. Jam’n 94.7 radio was also on hand live broadcasting the event, along with several vendors of Walmart products to promote their items.

Walmart originally closed in mid Sept. 2016 to remodel the store and deal with cracking and uneven sinking of the building’s foundation. The store partially reopened on Nov. 16 but a large section of the grocery department and frozen items section remain closed until March 13th when the store fully opened.

The Walmart Supercenter in Española is one of the busiest Walmarts in New Mexico, serving all of north-central New Mexico and southern Colorado. It contributes hundreds of thousands of dollars in gross receipts taxes to the local and state economy and has become an anchor institution in northern Española, helping to drive much of the business development the community has seen in that part of town over the past few years. New developments continue with a groundbreaking for a Starbucks just last month. When asked about the economic activity mayor Alice Lucero said there’s more to come.

The new store interior. Valley Daily Post photo