New Walmart means new jobs

Randi Belec

CORNWALL – The new Walmart opened this morning (Jan. 29) with 132 new hires.

The new Supercenter is located at the corner of Ninth and Cumberland, east of its previous location on Brookdale. Included in the opening ceremony was a donation of $6,000 to Cornwall Hospice, Royal Canadian Legion, OSPCA and ALS.

Over the years the Cornwall Walmart associates have raised and donated $66,256 to local charities.

The store has grown in size, measuring at 195,000 square feet and now includes a full grocery section, along with a McDonald’s restaurant, pharmacy, hair salon, and other retail partners. Walmart will be open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week.

“This new store will help keep shopping dollars in Cornwall,” said Mayor Leslie O’Shaughnessy. “We are very appreciative of the continuing investment by Walmart in our community, and recognize the significant positive impact on our economy.”

While Walmart currently employs 347 people, the plaza itself has the potential to create many more jobs. Dollar Tree Canada is also located in the plaza, and there is much more space available for in-line and pad tenants.

Cornwall Transit has also made a few bus route changes due to the opening of the center, by adding three new stops to the plaza.

“What was once vacant contaminated land in the center of the city is now a vibrant commercial plaza which is contributing to the City’s economy,” said Dana McLean, Planning Program Administrator.

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