A milestone for Fulton County as the Walmart Supercenter officially opens its doors. YNN's Maria Valvanis was in Gloversville for the grand opening and explains how more days like this could be on the horizon.
GLOVERSVILLE, N.Y. -- "Since we did the groundbreaking back in 2011, I've probably been asked 500 times, when is this new store going to be open?" said Mayor Dayton King.
Excited employees and folks lining up ready to shop. Wednesday morning the ribbon was cut, officially opening the doors to Fulton County's first Walmart Supercenter.
"About time," said Edwin Marriott.
From the planning to the construction, getting here was a nine-year process, and officials say it's time to start reaping the benefits.
"Right now we estimate $600,000 at a minimum for sales tax; that's not including the property tax," said King.
Plus, nearly 100 jobs. And for people like store manager Marvin Massey, who has been working for 18 years with the company, he knows just how far a job can take you.
"I zoned the shelves and did all the stuff to make the store look pretty and worked my way up through the company," said Massey.
And you can't beat convenience. From groceries to furniture, residents we spoke with say the supercenter is a one-stop-shop.
Crystal Bonafede said, "That's why I always go to the Amsterdam Walmart cause I can do everything all in one spot, and now I can go either here or there."
"I've got my pusher behind me. I'm going down to sporting goods now," said Marriott.
And it's even the venue of choice for two 11-year-old birthday boys we found.
"It was the new store and I just wanted to see how it looked," said Orion Bonafede.
Nick Tefler said, "I got a fish and donuts and pop tarts."
But the best gift is what county leaders say the store will bring to the area.
"There's more businesses coming. There's talk of a Burger King opening near the site and a local business, the Fulton County Federal Credit Union, just established their new branch in here," said Mark Kilmer.
Helping revitalize the economy, one business at a time.