The new Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market opened Wednesday in Turlock to large crowds and curious shoppers.
More than 300 people attended the store's early-morning grand-opening ceremonies, and steady crowds streamed in throughout its first day. The 24-hour grocery offshoot of the mega-retailer has moved into the old Mervyn's building at 2480 Geer Road.
This is the second Neighborhood Market in Stanislaus County; the first one opened in the fall in Modesto.
Many shoppers said they were eager to compare prices to the area's other grocery chains. The new market is across the street from an existing Save Mart and half a block away on Geer from a Raley's.
"I'm so excited for a cheaper grocery store in Turlock," said 29-year-old resident Tessa Degg. "I usually shop at Raley's. But now they definitely have competition."