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Neighborhood Walmart Opens on Main Street Today

The 24-hour store opens with a cake and ribbon cutting ceremony at 7:30 a.m. The store opens at 8 a.m.

Dunedin's new Walmart officially opens its doors to the neighborhood today.

The Walmart Neighborhood Market offers 34,000 square feet of “low-cost groceries, prescriptions and household products,” Walmart announced on Oct 12.

The 24-hour store opens with a cake and ribbon cutting ceremony at 7:30 a.m. The store officially opens at 8 a.m.

The 2120 Main St location is on the edge of town in Coastal Plaza (near Belcher Road), about two miles from Dunedin's downtown business sector. It will employ about 90 people, Walmart announced.

The new store features:

  • Full line of groceries, including fresh produce, meat and dairy products and organic items,
  • A to-go deli and bakery,
  • A drive-up pharmacy, and
  • A digital photo station.

"I'd rather make my purchases from the small local business man ..." Mary Anne Ellis commented on Dunedin Patch's Facebook page. "I think it's kinda sad that Dunedin has allowed Walmart to move in. The small town atmosphere and small town businesses are what make Dunedin such a beautiful place. We should not bring in these large corporations into this lovely community."

Others responded more enthusiastically.

"I can't wait!!!!" commented Veronica Shaner.

Store manager Dan Robison remarked to Dunedin Patch at a chamber of commerce event in August that the business community has embraced Walmart. Robinson joined the company in Tampa in 2002.

The company also has plans for a Walmart Supercenter at S Belcher Road and Gulf to Bay Boulevard in Clearwater.

Anne Onomous October 26, 2011 at 10:59 AM
This can only mean one thing - MORE "People of WalMart" shots!
Laurie Suarez October 26, 2011 at 01:11 PM
I agree that we have wonderful small businesses in Dunedin, that need to be supported, and do that often. However, this is a grocery store, and for the most part, has things available that could not be purchased at any of our small, locally owned, shops in Dunedin.
veronica shaner October 26, 2011 at 02:04 PM
I do not think having the Walmart grocery store in Dunedin will take away from any of the local merchants. It may very well bring more people into Dunedin and thereby increase business for the locals! Some items at the Walmart grocery are alot cheaper than the other 3 big grocery stores we have. In this economy I will shop where I save the most!
Bob Turner October 26, 2011 at 02:09 PM
Mom and Pop offer convenience at a price. Sweetbay, W-D, Publix and Walmart offer better prices with less convenience. The only way Walmart could torpedo Mom and Pop would be to put gas pumps out front like the old Kash & Karry.
rich diver October 26, 2011 at 03:02 PM
I will never spend a dime at a Walmart, because of their history of running good companies out of business and putting people out of jobs.. Send your money to China!
Dorothy Roper October 26, 2011 at 05:10 PM
I am all for buying Made in USA products -- having said that I must admit that I go to Walmart grocery stores pretty often. I life within walking distance of the new one and have already been there twice and it only opened a few hours ago. I am glad it is there. It is convenient for me and I don't have to drive unless I want to. Thats a big thing for me!
Katie Dolac October 26, 2011 at 05:48 PM
Dorothy, how was your shopping experience at the new Walmart? I'm guessing it couldn't have been too bad, since you've already been twice!
Bob Burdewick October 28, 2011 at 03:18 PM
Went to Walmart this morning. 7 in checkout line -- ONE checker! Won't keep new cutomers this way. Also, no Deli. Guess I'm back to my old supermarket.

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