Store adds full line of groceries and 135 new jobs
ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Oct. 21, 2009 – The wait is over for residents in Anchorage eager to see their Walmart at 8900 Old Seward Hwy. bring savings on a full line of groceries and a wide assortment of new products and services. The new Walmart is designed to make shopping easy for customers. The store’s expansion brings 135 new jobs to the community. The store will unveil the new expansion to customers at 8 a.m., Wednesday, after a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony.
“We have a loyal customer base and some have been shopping here since our original opening,” said Store Manager Marty Howard. “We think they’ll love the new, easy-to-shop layout of the store and appreciate the savings we offer on the products they need.”
New Layout Improves Customer Experience
The Anchorage Walmart also features a new layout and updated design. In recent months, Walmart has taken major steps to refresh its stores, its merchandise and its customer experience. The improvements have all come together in the company’s newest stores with faster service, a friendlier shopping experience and cleaner stores.
“The layout of the stores is easy to navigate, which will save customers time as they shop for everyday necessities at our unbeatable prices*,” said Howard. “By grouping the products that our customers most often purchase we are making one-stop shopping even easier.”
The new layout creates an open shopping environment with wider aisles that contain no product displays. Lower shelving throughout the store creates an improved sightline and directional signage on every aisle helps customers find what they are looking for quickly.
Expanded Walmart Adds 100 New Jobs
The store plans to employ approximately 600 associates, including approximately 135 positions created by the expansion. “Joining Walmart was a great career decision for me, as it has been for so many of my fellow associates,” Howard said. “I am proud to bring good jobs with career opportunities to our community and neighbors.” Fifty-five of the store’s associates have worked for Walmart for more than 10 years, and 13 associates have worked at the Anchorage store since its original opening in 1994.
Store Design Incorporates Environmentally Friendly Features
The Anchorage store, like all new Walmart stores, includes energy-efficient technology and environmentally friendly features to reduce energy and water consumption and minimize waste. LED lighting throughout the store operates 70 percent more efficiently than traditional fluorescent lighting. Low-flow toilets and faucets reduce the water used in the bathrooms.
Every week, millions of customers visit Walmart stores, Neighborhood Markets, and Sam’s Club locations across America or log on to its online store at www.walmart.com. The company and its Foundation are committed to a philosophy of giving back locally. Walmart (NYSE: WMT) is proud to support the causes that are important to customers and associates right in their own neighborhoods, and last year gave more than $378 million to local communities in the United States.
* Our stores will match the price of any local competitor's printed ad for an identical product. Not applicable to Walmart.com. Restrictions apply. See store for details.
- Location: 8900 Old Seward Highway, Anchorage, Alaska
- 202,000-square-foot Walmart
- Store opens at 8 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 28, following a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony
- Store manager: Marty Howard
- Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week
- Full line of groceries including a bakery, a deli serving fresh food and meal solutions for moms, meat and dairy products, fresh produce and a liquor department
- More than 30 merchandise departments such as apparel and accessories, lawn and garden center, health and beauty aids, and an expanded electronics department
- Convenience services include a pharmacy, vision center, portrait studio, digital photo processing center and Walmart Connect Center
- Leased areas and services include a branch of Denali Alaskan Federal Credit Union and a McDonald’s restaurant.
- Store plans to employ approximately 600 associates, including approximately 135 positions added by the expansion.
- The average wage at Walmart for full-time hourly associates in Alaska is approximately $12.83 per hour*
- Howard began his Walmart career in 1979 as an hourly associate at a store in Mountain Home, Ark.
- Fifty-five of the store’s associates have worked for Walmart for more than 10 years, and 13 have worked at the store since its original opening in 1994.
- Walmart benefits – available to eligible full- and part-time associates – include health insurance with no lifetime maximum. Walmart also offers a 401(k) plan and profit sharing contributions, whether an associate contributes or not, store discount cards, company performance-based bonuses, stock purchase program and life insurance
* Average wage taken May 2009. See www.walmartstores.com for details.
For More Information
- Store Manager Marty Howard is available for interviews and to arrange photo opportunities or tours. He can be reached at 907-344-5300.
- Walmart information online: www.walmartstores.com; merchandise sales: www.walmart.com
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