It's new and improved and open for business. Super Walmart in Panama City opened its doors for shoppers Wednesday Morning.
The original store opened at the 23rd Street location in 1987. In 2009, that store outgrew the space and moved to a larger, new building in Lynn Haven.
The move and vacant building left a void in Panama City. Mayor Greg Brudnicki says the city lost about $400,000 in revenue each year after the move, and the vacant space also affected the other stores in the shopping center.
Store manager Tim Cobb says it wasn't ideal to reopen Walmart at it's former size. However, when neighboring spaces opened up, Walmart was able to expand and bring in this super center.
Cobb said, "People expect more from a Walmart. They want to be able to buy groceries. They want the full shopping experience so as soon as there became enough room for us to logistically get back in here, they made it happen."
The store has hired about 150 new employees and 100 transfers and will, once again, bring in thousands of dollars in revenue to the city.
Cobb also said he still has a few positions to fill in Panama City, and the Walmart being built near Pier Park is currently hiring "in full force." That store is expected to open in March.