Harps Food Store’s Inc. will open its new store in Cedarville at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the former Walmart Express.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony in the parking lot is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. with short speeches by a Harps representative and Cedarville Mayor Mark Isenhower.
Huey Couch, advertising manager for Harps, said a reception with cookies and punch will be inside the store before doors are opened to the public at 10 a.m.
Harps also purchased former Walmart Express stores in Gravette, Gentry, Prairie Grove, Mansfield and Charleston, Ark., and Anderson, Seligman and Noel, Mo.
In January, Walmart closed 102 of its smallest Express formats saying it no longer fit the retail giant’s expansion plans. Each store is around 10,000 square feet and employed about 60. The January closure was part of a broader move by Walmart to close under-performing operations.
Harps is a 100 percent employee owned company based in Springdale. With more than 3,900 employees, Harps is considered to be the largest employee owned company headquartered in Arkansas and the 30th largest employee owned company in the United States.
Harps currently operates 79 stores in northern and central Arkansas, southern Missouri and eastern Oklahoma.