Neighborhood Market opens in town

Walmart’s new Neighborhood Market opened Wednesday morning, providing up to 95 new jobs for the Siloam Springs community and promising to expand the growth rate of North-West Arkansas.

Located on 935 S. Holly St., the store opened after a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“Walmart is excited to be a part of the community as we head into fall,” storeowner Billy Cunningham said. “We’ve got everything that you need for your game time needs and gatherings.”

Cunningham anticipates a large amount of business. Close to the state line, the store will also cater to Oklahoma residents working in Siloam Springs. With its close proximity, John Brown University students without vehicles will only need to walk a few minutes from the school to pick up their groceries.

John Brown University student Jimi Tucker looks forward to the smaller feel of the store.

“It’s not as stressful as the large Walmart; the normal Walmart is overwhelming,” Tucker said.

Although the Neighborhood Market is smaller than a typical Walmart, the store still offers nearly everything that a supercenter would sell, containing a pharmacy and health and beauty care products in addition to its produce and grocery aisles. The convenience of the store makes it easier for anyone to buy what her or she needs.

The grand opening celebration on Sept. 15 will give people the opportunity to meet the store manager and taste free food samples in addition to activities for children, such as face-painting.

The grand opening celebration will also include presentations of grants to local community organizations. Among the recipients are Siloam Springs High School, the Boys and Girls Club and the Siloam Springs Police Department.