Leslie’s Poolmart dives into Herndon, Va.

Phoenix-based Leslie’s Poolmart, the nation's leading retailer of swimming pool supplies and related products, opened a store in Herndon, Va. The store will celebrate its grand opening May 31 to June 3, with specials and festivities throughout the weekend,

In total, Leslie's opened 48 new stores this year, between March and May. With these new stores and its recent acquisition of 24 Warehouse Pool Supply stores in the Houston area, Leslie's brings its total store count to more than 800 stores nationwide.

The company employs approximately 3,500 associates across the country during the swimming pool season.

"Leslie's is proud to be opening new store locations this year to serve our customers and add jobs throughout the country," stated Larry Hayward, CEO, Leslie's Poolmart. "Our new stores will offer customers an expansive selection of swimming pool supplies, pool equipment and recreational items. Leslie's associates serve as a valuable resource for swimming pool owners and provide detailed, knowledgeable information needed for their pool care.”

Founded in 1963, Leslie's Poolmart claims the title “world's largest specialty retailer of swimming pool supplies and related products.”