Welcomed with Wal-Mart hospitality, hundreds of people filed into the new Super Wal-Mart that opened in Newton Wednesday morning. It's a convenience that area residents say they are glad to see.
"It’s better than having to go to Carthage to the Super Wal-Mart Center there; it’s less driving and more convenient," said Arkebia Harris from Forest.
At over 100,000 square feet, this store replaces the old Wal-Mart that was severely damaged in a tornado that hit the area just over year ago. This new store is not only taking in more revenue, it is already giving back to the community.
"We gave away on Sunday night, at our awards banquet, we gave away $13,000 in grant money," explained store co-manager Robbie Rains.
Wednesday was more than just a grand opening. This new store will also provide almost 130 more jobs for the area. Patrons and employees alike hope it will spawn more commercial growth as well.
"I mean, I think it's going to bring a lot more shoppers in. I think it will help Newton grow," said Cathy Stephens with the Newton Chamber of Commerce. “This is a great day for this area. It’s a new beginning for Newton. We are at a crossroads. We have had a lot of challenges and this is the start of something grand."
Hopefully it will be something grand that will bring an economic boost to a town that could use it.