Groundbreaking ceremony held for future Wal-Mart Market

YUMA, Ariz. – On Wednesday, shovels dug up the first bit of dirt where Yuma’s Wal-Mart market will soon open its doors.

Mayor Doug Nicholls said, “Wal-Mart’s come in and has made a large investment on rebuilding this area and helped revitalize it.”

Not everyone has shared Mayor Doug Nicholls’ enthusiasm. Initial plans to bring a supermarket to Avenue B and 8th Street unearthed opposition leading to a petition and eventually a special election. In March, Yuma’s voters said yes to another Wal-Mart.

Wal-Mart representative Phil Serghini said, “That’s what we’re doing here today is celebrating the approval by the voters and the beginning of construction for this new facility.”

The store is expected to open up early next year and will employ almost 100 people.

Mayor Doug Nicholls said it will also bring more businesses to the Yuma area.

“This will be the anchor for some heavy investment. We’ve already seen at the City some interest in some additional development around the area,” Nicholls said.

During the ceremony Wal-Mart reps awarded the Yuma Community Food Bank with two checks totaling more than 50,000 dollars.

Yuma Food Bank President Mike Ivers said, “If every elected official and every corporation invested their time and money the way Wal-Mart does, we wouldn’t have a hungry person in America.”

There are currently three Wal-Mart’s and a Sam’s Club in Yuma.

About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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