Wal-Mart plans late-summer opening for new store on Md. 65, other investments

Wal-Mart reports that its new store on Md. 65 south of Interstate 70 is one of several investments the company is making in Maryland this year.

The new Washington County store — the only one Wal-Mart will open in the state this year — will create more than 300 jobs, according to a news release from the company.

“The new Wal-Mart Supercenter, located south of Hagerstown off of Arnett Drive, is expected to open late August to mid-September of this year. The exact date has not yet been finalized, and the time frame for this opening is always subject to change,” Phillip Keene, the retailer’s director of corporate communications, wrote in an email message Thursday.

“The new supercenter is about nine miles from the Wal-Mart on Garland Groh Boulevard, which will remain open as well,” he wrote.

The new 155,000 square-foot store is being built on a 55-acre tract of former farmland just south of the Cracker Barrel and Waffle House restaurants on Md. 65. Two lots adjacent to the new Wal-Mart are planned for further commercial development, according to a previous Herald-Mail Media report.

The site includes more than 650 parking spaces.

In a news release issued Thursday, the company said it plans multimillion-dollar investments in other Maryland Wal-Mart stores and Sam’s Clubs by remodeling more than eight locations across the state, including four in the Baltimore area.

In the release, Doug Yeakey, marketing manager for Wal-Mart in Maryland, said 2017 “is going to be an exciting year for Wal-Mart in Maryland as we continue to focus on how to better serve our customers through innovation and investments so they can save both time and money.”

Last year in Maryland, the company opened one new store, which created about 150 jobs, and remodeled seven of its facilities, according to the news release.

During its 2017 fiscal year, the company invested more than $6.57 million in cash and in-kind contributions to nonprofits throughout Maryland.

Through the Wal-Mart State Giving Program, the Boys & Girls Club of Washington County received $25,000 for Project SMART. The project works to improve children’s academic success, develop good character and citizenship traits, and promote healthy lifestyles.