Expanded Gilford Walmart set to open Wednesday

GILFORD — An expanded Walmart is re-opening Wednesday, October 29, following a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7:30 a.m. The larger store is open 7 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week. T

The expanded 130,000 square foot store (60,000 of which is new) employs approximately 200 full- and part-time associates. Store manager Paula Hamilton began her Walmart career in 1993 as an hourly cashier.

"Walmart is excited to open the doors of its expanded Gilford store," said Hamilton. "The new space allows for an improved shopping experience."

The new store offers fresh produce and a full line of groceries from all the leading brand names, including organic and natural selections. There is also a wide variety of meat and bakery selections perfect for a holiday meal.

In addition to groceries, the store features quality, value-priced general merchandise, including electronics and toys. In addition, customers can shop a broader assortment of items online at Walmart.com and then pay for these purchases with cash in all of Walmart U.S. stores and Walmart Neighborhood Markets, including the new Gilford store.

The pharmacy offers a full range of products and services. Pharmacy team members can answer product and prescription questions and customers can ask about health and wellness solutions. Gilford residents can easily transfer prescriptions and order refills on the go with the Walmart mobile app for iPhone and Android.

"The Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce is extremely pleased to see Walmart's expansion and grand opening in Gilford," said Karmen Gifford, Executive Director of the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce. "Walmart is a valued employer in our region and the jobs that have been created are important to the vitality of our community's economy."

The grand-opening celebration includes presentations of grants from Walmart to local community groups.

Walmart is happy to be part of the Gilford community and is ready to celebrate with residents on Saturday, November 1. A Big Family Welcome will give customers a chance to meet Hamilton and enjoy fun family activities and free food samples while supplies last. Join the celebration from noon to 3 p.m.