This market features fresh produce, meats, cheeses, fresh baked goods, frozen foods, dairy products and everything else that makes a supermarket super.
The opening ceremonies featured local dignitaries such as members of the Santa Maria City Council and Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce President Bob Hatch.
Once the store opened, the mariachi band Alma de Jalisco strolled the isles serenading shoppers.
This store is the first of two Walmart Neighborhood Markets to open in Santa Maria. The second, which is slated for a shopping center at the corner of Blosser Road and Boone Street, is expected to open early next year.
The store fills the vacancy in the Crossroads Center left when Linens -N-Things closed all of its stores in 2008.
Managers and merchandisers from other stores, including a half dozen from the Modesto Neighborhood Market, helped the new store hit the ground running. The new store is expected to employ approximately 70 full- and part-time workers.
This is a wonderful thing for the Crossroads Center, which is now 99 percent full, and will provide another great shopping opportunity for the people of Santa Maria.