CHESAPEAKE, Va., April 19, 2023 — The Walmart Supercenter in Chesapeake officially reopened today following a ceremony to thank the community for their support, honor the victims and survivors of the Nov. 22 tragedy and announce donations to local nonprofits.
A permanent outdoor memorial featuring six seating structures to remember the six associates who lost their lives is part of the store design, and the space is intended as a place for people to reflect and honor the victims and provide a place of comfort for the survivors.
“In the backdrop of such a challenging four months, the outpouring of support from the community has been remarkable and continues to bring us closer together as we welcome our customers back. Our associates have done a tremendous job preparing the store for our customers, and I am grateful for their hard work, resilience and optimism as we finally open this store for the community,” said Walmart Store Manager Alycia Mixon.
The store underwent a complete transformation and is a part of Walmart’s ‘Store of the Future’ design, which seeks to inspire customers and elevate their in-store experiences. Upgrades at the store include:
- A completely new store layout with colorful displays showcasing products, additional shopping space and interactive features.
- Expanded brand name designer products including Steve Madden, Polo, Justice, Love Live Sports and Free Assembly.
- A clinical services room, vaccination area and one-stop shop in the pharmacy.
- Expanded checkout areas.
- New mothers’ room and family bathroom.
- Digital screens throughout the store to give customers easy access to check prices, find online or alternative products and gain product information.
- Expanded beer and wine selection.
In the aftermath of the tragedy, Walmart donated $1 million to the United Way of South Hampton Roads “Hope and Healing Fund” to support those impacted by the shooting and the broader Chesapeake community. The United Way has issued a request for proposals to local organizations to fund innovative programs that develop, implement and assess strategies that reduce community violence.
Walmart announced more than $10,000 in donations to a number of local nonprofit organizations: 757 Mayors Youth Basketball, Chesapeake Jubilee, League of Advocates, The Youth Aeronautics Educational Foundation, Chesapeake Sheriff’s Charities and the Don Carey REECH Foundation.