ROXBURY, NJ – Roxbury officials on Tuesday night were given a tour of the new Walmart Supercenter in Ledgewood as workers in the expansive building prepared for its 7 a.m. Wednesday grand opening.
Led by store manager Anthony Moreno, members of the Roxbury Township Council and other invited guests strolled through most of the 170,000-square-foot department store that is the main anchor of the new Shops at Ledgewood Commons mall on Route 10.
Officially known as Walmart Store 3912, the Supercenter replaces the former 120,000-square-foot Walmart that was demolished in 2019. Unlike its predecessor, the new store includes a full grocery department, a bakery, a deli, online grocery order pickup, curbside pickup of pharmacy orders and more.
Although the mall developers, in January, said the store was going to be open around the clock, Moreno said its hours will be 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. It will employ about 400 people, said Moreno.
A Wide-Eyed Walk-Through
Roxbury council members expressed amazement as they strolled not only the sales floor but also the cavernous, behind-the-scenes, warehouse-like product storage areas. Roxbury Councilwoman Jaki Albrecht seemed to be the most excited, bending down to check prices in the meat department and elsewhere.
“$1.99 for chicken breasts? That’s a great price!” she commented.
Moreno said Walmart expects the new store to have up to $85 million to 90 million in yearly sales, noting that the former Walmart was “a $35 million-to-$40 million store.” He said the projected sales will be “really, really great for our community, good for our staffing, good for our employees.”
During the tour, Roxbury Councilman Richard Zoschak conceded that the new Walmart – given its expanded range of products and discount pricing – stands to be tough competition for some of Roxbury’s existing, smaller businesses. “It will affect them, definitely,” he said. “No question about it. It always has.”
But Roxbury Mayor Bob DeFillippo said he found the new store to be wonderful. “I think it’s amazing,” he said. “This was a derelict mall not that long ago.”
The Shops at Ledgewood Commons, replacing the former Ledgewood Mall, is being built by Advance Realty Investors.
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