Hanging signs and stocking inventory earlier this week, employees were preparing for the Wednesday, Oct. 21, grand opening of the relocated Walmart Supercenter at the redeveloped Eldersburg Commons retail center.
"We're just looking forward to opening the doors. It's the perfect season for it," store manager Natalie Butcher said.
The original Eldersburg Walmart, which had been just down the street at 1320 Liberty Road, closes Wednesday as the new Supercenter, the anchor store of the Eldersburg Commons development, opens. Butcher said all employees were relocated to the new location, at the corner of Liberty and Ridge roads. The new store will employ up to 400 full- and part-time associates, adding about 150 new jobs to the previous total.
On Thursday, the Carroll County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on the rezoning of the old Eldersburg Walmart site to allow for the creation of a retail shopping center there.
Eldersburg Commons is being built on the site of the former Carrolltown Mall. Black Oak Associates, a regional private development company that owns several properties in Carroll County, originally purchased the Carrolltown Mall property in 1991, then sold it in 1998 before repurchasing it in 2004.