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Walmart Brings Savings and Convenience to Appomattox

New Walmart provides 210 jobs

APPOMATTOX, Va., May 14, 2010 – A new Walmart opens this month in Appomattox, bringing 210 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 505 Oakville Road, will be open to customers at 8 a.m., Wednesday, May 19, following a 7:30 a.m. grand opening ceremony.

Economic Impact Includes 210 New Jobs

The new Appomattox Walmart will employ approximately 210 associates, according to store manager Van Swearingen. Fifty of the store’s associates have worked for Walmart for more than 10 years.

“This store has already had a positive impact on our community,” said Anne Dixon, Director of Parks, Recreation and Tourism for Appomattox County. “With the creation of more than 200 new jobs and the grants that the store is giving to area organizations, the store and its associates have become an important member of the community.” The Appomattox Department of Recreation and Tourism will receive a grant in celebration of the new store opening; funds will be applied toward the construction of the new community park, currently under construction.

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 Appomattox 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 layout of the store is easy to navigate, which will save our customers time as they shop for everyday necessities,” said Swearingen. “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.

Community Organizations Benefit from Grand-Opening Grants

As part of Walmart’s commitment to the communities in which it operates, $16,000 in grants from the Walmart Foundation will be presented during the grand-opening celebration. The following organizations will each receive funds to support programs that serve the community: Appomattox Chamber of Commerce, Appomattox Community Center, Appomattox Community Parks and Recreation, Appomattox County Public Schools, Appomattox Missionary Food Bank, Appomattox Sheriff’s Department, Appomattox Volunteer Fire and Rescue, Concord Volunteer Fire and Rescue, Gladstone Volunteer Fire and Rescue, Jamerson Public Library, Pamplin Volunteer Fire and Rescue and Red House Volunteer Fire and Rescue.

Store Design Incorporates Environmentally Friendly Features

The Appomattox 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., May 19

Community and business leaders will join Walmart associates at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday for a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony. Members of the Appomattox County High School choir and band will perform the national anthem, and a color guard from American Legion Post 104 will present the colors. The Rev. Rusty Small from Liberty Baptist Church in Appomattox will lead and invocation, and area resident Marilyn Randolph will perform “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” Swearingen and other associates will cut the ribbon to the new store.

About Walmart

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.

EDITOR’S NOTES

  • An invitation-only open house for grant recipients and other VIPs is scheduled from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m., Sunday, May 16. It will include preview tours and check presentations to representatives of community organizations. Reporters and photographers are welcome.
  • Van Swearingen, store manager, can provide details about the grand opening, offer quotes for interviews and arrange for photo opportunities or preview tours. He can be contacted at
  • 434-352-2025.
  • 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.

FACT SHEET
Appomattox Walmart

Store facts

  • Location: 505 Oakville Road, Appomattox, Va.
  • 99,608-square-foot Walmart
  • Store opens at 8 a.m.,Wednesday, May 19, following a 7:30 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony
  • Store manager: Van Swearingen
  • Open 6 a.m. until midnight, seven days a week

Store features

  • Full line of groceries including a bakery, a deli serving fresh food and meal solutions for moms, meat and dairy products, fresh produce, beer and wine
  • 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 pharmacy, digital photo processing center and Walmart Connect Center

Charitable giving

  • $16,000 in grants from the Walmart Foundation to the following area organizations
    • Appomattox Chamber of Commerce
    • Appomattox Community Center
    • Appomattox Community Parks and Recreation
    • Appomattox County Public Schools
    • Appomattox Missionary Food Bank
    • Appomattox Sheriff’s Department
    • Appomattox Volunteer Fire and Rescue
    • Concord Volunteer Fire and Rescue
    • Gladstone Volunteer Fire and Rescue
    • Jamerson Public Library
    • Pamplin Volunteer Fire and Rescue
    • Red House Volunteer Fire and Rescue

Employment

  • Store plans to employ approximately 210 associates
  • The average wage at Walmart for full-time hourly associates in Virginia is approximately $11.56 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.

For more information

  • Store manager: Van Swearingen, 434-352-2025.
  • Walmart PR and Brand Reputation: 800-331-0085
  • Walmart information online: www.walmartstores.com; merchandise sales: www.walmart.com

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