Fallston Walmart opens 8 a.m. Wednesday, March 16. Ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring local dignitaries starts at 7:30 a.m.

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The long-awaited Fallston Walmart opens to the public for the first time 8 a.m. Wednesday, March 16 and will remain open 24 hours a day. This Walmart at 303 Fallston Blvd., just off Bel Air Road/Route 1, (across from Bel Air Honda) brings 450 jobs to the area and is led by store manager Carolyn Davis, a New Jersey native who comes to Fallston from her position as manager of the White Marsh Walmart.

A 7:30 a.m. ribbon-cutting celebration kicks off the opening featuring students from Youth’s Benefit Elementary who will perform the national anthem. Pastor Luke Erickson will give the invocation and the Civil Air Patrol Honor Guard will present the colors. Davis and Fallston Chamber of Commerce President Vanessa Milio will cut the ribbon to the new store.

Here are some highlights from the press release sent about the grand opening:

Community Organizations Benefit from Grand-Opening Grants

As part of Walmart’s commitment to the communities in which it operates, $12,500 in grants from the Walmart Foundation will be presented during the open house. The Bel Air Volunteer Fire Co. and Harford County Deputy Sheriff’s Benevolent Fund will each receive $2,000 to support programs that serve the community. The Humane Society of Harford County and the Youth’s Benefit Elementary will each receive $1,500. Anna’s House, Civil Air Patrol Honor Guard, Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing Honor Guard, Harford Family House and Mountain Christian Church will each receive $1,000. Fallston High School will also receive $500.

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have committed $2 billion to U.S. hunger relief efforts through 2015. The Fighting Hunger Together campaign will also engage Walmart customers and associates in the fight against hunger. More information can be found at walmart.com/fightinghunger.

Store Design Incorporates Environmentally Friendly Features

The Fallston Walmart, like all new Walmart stores, includes energy-efficient technology and environmentally friendly features to reduce energy and water consumption and minimize waste. The store’s skylights harvest daylight and reduce the amount of energy required to light the store by up to 75 percent daily. LED lighting in the store operates 70 percent more efficiently than traditional fluorescent lighting.

The cement used in the concrete flooring is made with recycled materials, and the floor’s finish reduces the need for chemical cleaners. Low-flow toilets and faucets reduce the water used in the bathrooms. The new store also operates a recycling program and will promote sustainable product purchases.

… Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting www.walmartstores.com and on Twitter at http://Twitter.com/Walmart. Online merchandise sales are available at www.walmart.com and www.samsclub.com.

Click here to read previous BANV posts on the new Fallston Walmart.