New Walmart provides 350 jobs
MT. JULIET, Tenn., Oct. 19, 2009 – A new Walmart opens this month in Mt. Juliet, bringing 350 new jobs, savings for local shoppers and an increase in tax revenue to support the area’s economy. Nonprofit organizations will also benefit from the retailer’s ongoing charitable contributions and support for community projects. The Walmart, located at 300 Pleasant Grove Road, will be open to customers at 8 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 28.
Economic Impact Includes 350 New Jobs
The new Mt. Juliet Walmart will employ approximately 350 associates, according to store manager Bruce Abbott. Seventeen of the store’s associates have worked for Walmart for more than 10 years. Abbott began his Walmart career in 1989 at a store in Savannah, Tenn.
Store Designed to Improve Customer Experience
In recent months, Walmart has taken major steps to refresh its stores, merchandising and customer experience. The improvements have all come together in the company’s newest stores, such as the Mt. Juliet Walmart, with fast service, a friendly shopping experience and clean stores.
The new Walmart features wide aisles, enhanced service and a layout designed to make the shopping experience more convenient for customers. Walmart aligned the departments that customers shop most frequently. The pharmacy, for example, is adjacent to food making it easier for customers to pick up their prescriptions while shopping for their groceries.
“The layout of the store is easy to navigate, which will save our customers time as they shop for everyday necessities,” said Abbott. “By grouping the products that our customers most often purchase including health and beauty and pet supplies, we are making one-stop shopping even easier.”
A bright interior color palette creates an inviting shopping experience and helps define the store’s merchandise areas. Lower shelving creates an improved sightline and directional signage on every aisle helps customers find what they are looking for quickly.
Community Organizations Benefit from Grand-Opening Grants
As part of Walmart’s commitment to the communities in which it operates, $20,000 in grants from the Walmart Foundation will be presented as part of the grand-opening activities. Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee will receive a $5,000 grant, and the following organizations will each receive a $2,500 grant to support programs that serve the community: City of Mt. Juliet Animal Shelter; City of Mt. Juliet Community Center in the Charlie Daniels Community Park; City of Mt. Juliet Public Library; Mt. Juliet High School; Mt. Juliet and West Wilson Senior Citizens Center and Wilson County Vocational Center.
Store Design Incorporates Environmentally Friendly Features
The Mt. Juliet Walmart, like all new Walmart stores, includes energy-efficient technology and environmentally friendly features to reduce energy and water consumption and minimize waste. The store’s skylights harvest daylight and reduce the amount of energy required to light the store by up to 75 percent daily. LED lighting in the store operates 70 percent more efficiently than traditional fluorescent lighting.
The cement used in the concrete flooring is made with recycled materials, and the floor’s finish reduces the need for chemical cleaners. Low-flow toilets and faucets reduce the water used in the bathrooms. The new store also operates a recycling program and will promote sustainable product purchases.
Ribbon-Cutting Celebration 7:30 a.m., Oct. 28
Community and business leaders will join Walmart associates at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday for a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony.
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.
- An invitation-only open house for grant recipients and other VIPs is scheduled from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26. It will include preview tours and check presentations to representatives of community organizations. Reporters and photographers are welcome.
- Store Manager Bruce Abbott is available for interviews and to arrange photo opportunities or tours. He can be reached at 615-758-1121.
Mt. Juliet Walmart
- Location: 300 Pleasant Grove Road, Building 600, Mt. Juliet, Tenn.
- 176,330-square-foot Walmart
- Store opens at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, following a 7:30 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony
- Store manager: Bruce Abbott
- Open 24 hours, 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 and fresh produce
- More than 30 merchandise departments such as apparel and accessories, a lawn and garden center, health and beauty aids, and an expanded electronics department
- Convenience services include a drive-through pharmacy with two lanes, vision center, digital photo processing center and Walmart Connect Center
- Leased areas and services include a SmartStyle Family Hair Salon, McDonald’s restaurant, and a branch of Fort Sill National Bank.
- $20,000 in grants from the Walmart Foundation to the following area organizations:
- City of Mt. Juliet Animal Shelter
- City of Mt. Juliet Community Center in Charlie Daniels Community Park
- City of Mt. Juliet Public Library
- Mt. Juliet High School
- Mt. Juliet and West Wilson Senior Citizens Center
- Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee
- Wilson County Vocational Center
- Store plans to employ approximately 350 associates
- The average wage at Walmart for full-time hourly associates in Tennessee is approximately $11.72 per hour*
- 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 February 2009. See www.walmartstores.com for details.
For more information
• Store manager: Bruce Abbott, 615-758-1121.
• Walmart information online: www.walmartstores.com; merchandise sales: www.walmart.com
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