New Henrico Walmart open to shoppers amid some opposition

Posted at 10:33 PM, May 24, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-25 15:10:36-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va (WTVR) -- Those in and around Henrico County now have a new place to shop after a new Walmart store opened just off Forest Avenue on Wednesday, May 21.

The big box retailer said it had to fill about 200 positions for the new store -- which is located near Broad Street and Glenside Drive.

While many were excited they would have a new low-price place to shop, not everyone was happy about the new store opening.

In fact, the plan was met by some opposition from neighbors, who felt the new store would be an unattractive addition to the Charles Glen neighborhood.

"It's a great place to shop it's right here in my local area," Melvin Carter said. "I think it will be convenient but I think it will cause a little bit more congestion with traffic."

A Walmart spokesperson said the building plans were actually downsized as a compromise. A typical superstore can exceed 200,000 square feet. The new Henrico store is approximately 90,000 square feet.