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Walmart Neighborhood Market Grocery Store Opens in Elk Grove

The grocery store is located at 8455 Elk Grove Blvd. and will be open 24 hours a day.

Walmart quietly opened a grocery store on Elk Grove Boulevard Friday morning, expanding its operations in the parking lot of an existing store and a couple miles from another currently under construction.

The Walmart Neighborhood Market grocery store is located at 8455 Elk Grove Blvd., a stone's throw away from its current store at 8465 Elk Grove Blvd. The store is two-and-a-half miles from a planned store at Whitelock Parkway and Bruceville Road.

"It's almost like a Supercenter in one parking lot–we're just not attached," store manager Sunny Edmisten said Friday, about six hours after the Neighborhood Market opened its doors. 

Edmisten touted the store's produce, deli and bakery departments, and said the store will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week–with the exception of Christmas Day. She praised the store's approximately 75 employees, 90 percent of whom are new to the company.

"It's the best group of people I've ever worked with," she said.

Customers were handed maps of the store as they entered Friday, and wandered the aisles tentatively as employees replenished the mostly full shelves.

"I'm going to shop [here] on a regular basis," Elk Grove resident Jackie Doble said. "There's no other grocery store around."

Doble said she used to frequent the Bel Air on Elk Grove Boulevard, which closed earlier this year, and has been shopping at WinCo in the meantime.

She said she didn't notice the store had opened, and was alerted by a neighbor.

Other shoppers also had positive feedback about the new store.

"It's nice," Elk Grove resident Olivia Rayala said. "The location is very accessible."

Pam Snyder, a Sacramento resident who shops in Elk Grove, said she does most of her shopping at Walmart, so it will add convenience to be able to buy groceries at the same time.

"I thought it was nice," she said.

Elk Grove Mayor Jim Cooper and City Council Member Sophia Scherman participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday morning at the store. Walmart did not notify Elk Grove Patch of the store's grand opening until after the ceremony.

Walmart has not yet set an opening date for its store at Whitelock Parkway and Bruceville Road, spokeswoman Delia Garcia said.

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M.Legison November 02, 2012 at 11:34 PM
I am SO glad to see this, even if it's a little drive from Wllton. Our H2 isn't easy on gas but I refuse to shop at the local WINCO and this is a lot closer than the Folsom store. Finally!!
Bwood November 03, 2012 at 05:18 AM
You refuse to shop at Winco?
Tom Brown November 03, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Why would you refuse to shop Winco?
M.Legison November 03, 2012 at 03:54 PM
We love WINCO, but not the store in EG. Too many rude and loud people in the store and the parking lot for me. The extra few minutes to the Folsom WINCO makes our shopping experience much better. Same with Costco. Never had a problem at the local Walmart except it's not clean. Hopefully the new Walmarts will be better.
cloud March 15, 2013 at 10:23 PM
Place was stupid as always with customer service. I went to them and they made me go to the cashier and wait 15 min for the line to finally get to me.than the ladies tells me I'll be ring up by the cig place and no one came. So I decide to go the self check out line. She tells me she not suppose to leave her stupid post. So she told me to ask someone else. I ask her. She tells me I would love to help but I have to go Like wtf. She sends me back to the beginning. So I got piss and left. I waited 30 and no help. No matter the customer service. I know people only shop there for the low prices.

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