Walmart to open first Neighborhood Market in Rock Hill on Wednesday

The new Walmart Neighborhood Market on Cherry Road will open Wednesday after a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7:30 a.m.

The store, at 1225 Cherry Road, will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with a range of traditional grocery items, a pharmacy and a gas station. Shoppers can pick up their online purchases there..

“We are here to provide our customers with their everyday groceries in a hassle-free environment,” said store manager Philip Cook.

The new store is about 41,000 square feet. There are 95 jobs for full- and part-time associates, said Cook, who began his Walmart career in 1991 as an hourly cart pusher.

The grand-opening celebration includes presentations of $8,000 in grants from Walmart to local community groups such as Cheer for Children, the Children’s Attention Home, the Body Home Church, ParentSmart Family Resource Center, Renew Our Community, Safe Passage, and the Worthy Boys and Girls Camp.

The store also will honor Walmart’s pledge to fight hunger in America. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have made a $2 billion commitment to fight hunger through 2015. In 2014, Walmart stores in South Carolina donated about 15.9 million pounds of food, the equivalent of 13.3 million meals. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $29.2 million in the fiscal year in South Carolina.

Walmart Neighborhood Market follows Publix’s entrance to the Rock Hill market in March 2014, also on Cherry Road.

The addition of two of the biggest grocery retailers to Rock Hill means the added options will benefit savvy consumers as existing stores and the newcomers offer a wider variety of products and prices, say analysts who follow the grocery industry.

More stores also may help Rock Hill’s real estate market because grocery options are the third most important factor for homebuyers when they choose where to live.