Starting next month, Salmon Arm residents will no longer need to leave town to shop at Walmart.
The big box has signed on as the anchor tenant for Salmon Arm’s new shopping mall with doors tentatively set to open on Nov. 8.
The store will be 96,000 sq. ft., include the full range of groceries and create 200 full and part time jobs.
Brent Savard, land development manager for SmartCentres, which built the mall did not respond to questions by press time.
Public comments collected by SmartCentres and posted to its website shows an overwhelmingly positive take on the new business.
“When I go to Walmart in Vernon or Kamloops, it's to do all of my shopping, so Salmon Arm is not getting my shopping dollars. If I had more choice I'd shop mostly in S.A.,” states one comment.
“Walmart is a must!” said another.
However in keeping with the typical controversy surrounding the big box chain, not all comments are positive.
One writer decried Walmart’s products as overly disposable and rejected the benefits of jobs.
“Filling up our landfills with foreign plastic and once-used crap is just wrong. Let us instead encourage Canadian-made, good-quality items that last as long as things should last,” stated the comment. “Won't 90 per cent of these be minimum-wage jobs? And jobs replacing the ones local residents already had, in businesses forced in to bankruptcy?”