CHESAPEAKE, Virginia, April 3, 2023 — Walmart is preparing to welcome back customers to the Chesapeake store on April 19. The store underwent significant design changes in the five months since the November 2022 tragedy and the remodel will feature an outdoor memorial space to honor the victims and provide a place of comfort for the survivors.
Flanked by beautiful local foliage, this memorial space will feature six seating structures in honor of the six Walmart Associates who lost their lives – providing a peaceful place for people to pause and remember the permanent impact these associates made on our lives.
“We are deeply touched by the community’s compassion and support as we continue to heal from last year’s tragedy,” said Alycia Mixon, Walmart store manager. “As we move forward with our reopening, we do so in a way that honors the victims and provides continued support to our associates.”
She continued, “Our associates have been working hard to prepare the store for the community and they look forward to welcoming back our customers.”
This store’s remodel and transformation will create an exceptional experience for customers, including expanded shopping options, engaging displays, interactive features, and an overall fresh look. This new “store-of-the-future” is part of Walmart’s signature experiences and includes the most innovative and customer-friendly design elements.
The store is scheduled to reopen at 10 am on Wed., Apr. 19. Customers and the community are invited to join our associates for an opening ceremony at 9 am.
About Walmart in Virginia
Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online and through their mobile devices. In Virginia we serve customers at 149 retail units and online through Walmart.com. We are proud to employ over 44,000 associates in Virginia. Walmart supports local businesses, spending $4 billion with Virginia suppliers in FYE23 and supporting 47,000 Virginia supplier jobs. Walmart continues to be a leader in employment opportunity, sustainability, and corporate philanthropy. In FY22, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation contributed more than $35 million in cash and in-kind donations to local nonprofits in Virginia. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting our corporate website and our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter channels.