New Walmart provides 350 new jobs, $19,000 in local grants
BROOMFIELD, Colo., May 10, 2010 – A new Walmart opens this month in Broomfield, bringing approximately 350 planned new jobs, savings on a full line of groceries 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 4651 W. 121st Ave., will be open to customers at 8 a.m., Wednesday, May 19.
"We are excited to be part of the celebration of the new Walmart in Broomfield. The creation of 350 jobs and the additional sales tax revenue is vital to our economy. As a member of the Broomfield Chamber, Walmart has shown their belief in and commitment to our community," said Jennifer Kerr, president and CEO of Broomfield Chamber of Commerce.
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 Broomfield Walmart.
The new Walmart features wider 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 store manager Susan Bird. “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. Walmart also combined the customer service desk, Site-to-Store pick-up location and photo lab in one area near the entrance. Customers now have easy access to these services, as well as associates on hand to help meet their needs.
Store Design Incorporates Environmentally Friendly Features
The Broomfield 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.
Community Organizations Benefit from Grand-Opening Grants
As part of Walmart’s commitment to the communities in which it operates, $19,000 in grants from the Walmart Foundation will be presented during the grand-opening celebration. The following organizations will each receive grants to support programs that serve the community: Community Foodshare, Broomfield Outreach Program of the Boulder Safe House Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence, Broomfield’s Bal Swan Children’s Center, Broomfield Police Department, North Metro Fire Department, Marine Corps Toys for Tots, Broomfield High School, Broomfield Heights Middle School, Centennial Elementary and Mountainview Elementary.
Ribbon-Cutting Celebration 7:30 a.m., May 19
Community and business leaders, including Mayor Patrick Quinn, Kevin Standbridge, and Walmart Divisional and Regional VIPs will join Walmart associates at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday for a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony. Walmart associate David Aggerbeck will perform the national anthem and new store manager Susan Bird will cut the ribbon to the new store.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT), or “Walmart,” serves customers and members more than 200 million times per week at more than 8,400 retail units under 55 different banners in 15 countries. With fiscal year 2010 sales of $405 billion, Walmart employs more than 2.0 million associates worldwide. A leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity, Walmart ranked first among retailers in Fortune Magazine’s 2009 Most Admired Companies survey. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting www.walmartstores.com and on Twitter at http://Twitter.com/walmart. Online merchandise sales are available at www.walmart.com and www.samsclub.com.
- An invitation-only open house for grant recipients and other VIPs is scheduled at 6 p.m., on Sunday, May 16. It will include preview tours and check presentations to representatives of community organizations. Reporters and photographers are welcome.
- Store manager Susan Bird is available for interviews and to arrange photo opportunities or tours. She can be reached at 720-887-8362.
- Walmart PR and Brand Reputation, 800-331-0085
- Walmart information online: www.walmartstores.com; merchandise sales: www.walmart.com
- Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. is the legal trade name of the corporation. The name "Walmart," expressed as one word and without punctuation, is a trademark of the company and is used analogously to describe the company and its stores. Use the trade name when it is necessary to identify the legal entity, such as when reporting financial results, litigation or corporate governance.
- Location: 4651 W. 121st Ave.
- 195,906-square-foot Walmart
- Store opens at 8 a.m., Wednesday, May 19, just after a 7:30 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony
- Store manager: Susan Bird, 720-887-8362
- 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 full liquor department.
- More than 30 merchandise departments such as apparel and accessories, a drive-through lawn and garden center, health and beauty aids, and an expanded electronics department.
- Convenience services include a drive thru pharmacy, digital photo processing center and Walmart Connect Center.
- $19,000 in grants from the Walmart Foundation to the following area organizations:
- Community Foodshare
- Broomfield Outreach Program of the Boulder Safe House Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence
- Broomfield’s Bal Swan Children’s Center
- Broomfield Police Department
- North Metro Fire Department
- Marine Corps Toys for Tots
- Broomfield High School
- Broomfield Heights Middle School
- Centennial Elementary
- Mountainview Elementary
- Store plans to employ approximately 350 new associates.
- The average wage at Walmart for full-time hourly associates in Colorado is approximately $12.67 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 March 2010. See www.walmartstores.com for details.