CORVALLIS, Ore. – A new Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market opened its doors to residents in Corvallis on Friday, donning green and white in lieu of the traditional blue sported by the super centers.
The color scheme isn’t the only thing that sets this store apart from it’s super center big brother.
Store manager J.D. Fleming says this store is at a smaller scale, with a bigger focus on bringing fresh produce to consumers.
“It’s a smaller format with the everyday prices, and I think people really like that,” said Fleming.
KVAL News talked to many of the customers that flooded in on the first day. Along with the smaller scale, convenience was on many people’s minds.
“The closest one is in Albany, for the super centers, so it'll be nice to have it closer,” said Kristy Butcher.
Corvallis resident Charles Wilder agreed, saying “We live three blocks away, so it is a big convenience!”
While there was a lot of excitement surrounding the store opening, locally owned businesses like First Alternative Co-op grocery say they aren’t threatened by the addition of a retail chain.
“I don't think them coming to town is gonna affect our business,” said First Alternative owner Susie Willis. “We've seen a lot of competition come and go. We've been around since 1971.”
“I think there’s a lot of opportunity there,” Fleming said when asked about opening in Corvallis. “That's not what we do. We just bring another choice for people.”
Fleming said the store is bringing 85 new jobs to the Corvallis area.