New Walmart provides 300 jobs
CHESAPEAKE, Va., July 11, 2011 – A new Walmart opens this month in Chesapeake, bringing 300 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 new Walmart, located at 201 Hillcrest Parkway, will be open to customers at 8:15 a.m., Wednesday, July 20.
"We’re excited that Walmart is opening its fourth retail store in Chesapeake and creating new jobs and opportunities for our citizens,” said Mayor Alan Krasnoff. “This Supercenter brings to completion the third phase of the Edinburgh Commons development in one of the city’s burgeoning retail areas. Walmart’s additional retail investment in Chesapeake proves that our city is holding its own in a tough economic climate, and we are very fortunate.”
Economic Impact Includes 300 New Jobs
Approximately 300 associates are employed at the new Chesapeake Walmart, according to store manager Jackie Russell. Six of the store’s associates have worked for Walmart for more than 10 years. Russell is a Virginia native who began her Walmart career in 2002 as an hourly sales associate at a store in Yorktown.
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 Chesapeake 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 Russell. “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, $7,000 in grants from the Walmart Foundation will be presented during the grand-opening celebration. The following organizations will each receive $1,000 to support programs that serve the community: A Place of New Beginnings, the Chesapeake Sheriff’s Department, the Chesapeake Fire Department, the Chesapeake Police Department, the local Boy Scouts of America, The Boys & Girls Club of Southeastern Virginia (Chesapeake Division) and the Chesapeake Library.
Store Design Incorporates Environmentally Friendly Features
The Chesapeake 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., July 20
Community and business leaders, including Chesapeake Mayor Alan Krasnoff, will join Walmart associates at 8 a.m., Wednesday, July 20 for a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony. Store associate Tinika Dawson-Bloodsworth will perform the national anthem and the Chesapeake Sheriff’s Color Guard will present the colors. Store manager Jackie Russell will perform the ribbon cutting.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) serves customers and members more than 200 million times per week at more than 9,000 retail units under 60 different banners in 15 countries. With fiscal year 2011 sales of $419 billion, Walmart employs more than 2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting www.walmartstores.com, on Twitter at http://Twitter.com/Walmart, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/walmart. Online merchandise sales are available at www.walmart.com and www.samsclub.com.
- Location: 201 Hillcrest Parkway, Chesapeake, Va.
- 147,805-square-foot Walmart
- Store opens at 8:15 a.m., Wednesday, May 20, following an 8 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony
- Store manager: Jackie Russell
- 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 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, vision center, digital photo processing center, Walmart Connect Center and a MoneyCenter
- Leased areas and services include a SmartStyle Family Hair Salon, Subway restaurant and a branch of Sun Trust Bank.
$7,000 in grants from the Walmart Foundation to the following area organizations
- A Place of New Beginnings
- Chesapeake Sheriff's Department
- Chesapeake Fire Department
- Chesapeake Police Department
- Local Boy Scouts of America
- The Boys & Girls Club of Southeastern Virginia (Chesapeake Division)
- Chesapeake Library
- Store plans to employ approximately 300 associates
- The average wage at Walmart for full-time hourly associates in Virginia is approximately $11.84 per hour*
- Walmart’s benefit program is available to eligible full- and part-time associates and provides a variety of affordable health and well-being benefits including medical insurance with no lifetime maximum. Walmart also offers matching 401(k) contributions of up to 6 percent of pay, discounts on general merchandise for store associates, a Sam’s Club membership for club associates, an Associate Stock Purchase Program and company-paid life insurance. Additionally, eligible associates receive an annual incentive based on the company performance.
* Average wage taken June 2011. See www.walmartstores.com for details.