Officials have announced the opening of Coachella’s first Walmart at the intersection of Avenue 48 and Jackson Street in 2014.
The store will take over retail space in the shopping center which has been vacant for more than two years. A spokesperson with the company said the new store will provide local customers with a convenient option for grocery shopping, including fresh produce. It will also have a full pharmacy.
The new store, which will be about 50,000 square-feet, will offer products that are favorites among the local community as well, according to officials.
"We are pleased that Walmart is opening its newest store in Coachella. Coachella is a growing community, and I am pleased that Walmart is part of our growth here in the Coachella Valley business community,” said Tom Flavin, CEO of the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership. “This new store will create opportunity by attracting additional businesses, creating jobs, bringing more city revenues and boosting our local economy.”
The Coachella store will provide close to 65 new jobs, officials said. The first Walmart Neighborhood Market opened in 1998, and the first in California opened last year in Huntington Beach.
Officials haven't announced a date when the store will officially open, but they plan to open a hiring center three months in advance.
KESQ/CBS Local 2 News will continue to provide updates as the store gets closer to opening.