New store offers customers big savings with grocery format
KISSIMMEE, Fla., Sept. 30, 2011 – A new Walmart Neighborhood Market will open in Kissimmee on Oct. 12, with a 31,984 square-foot store designed to offer quick access to low-cost groceries, prescriptions and household products. Doors to the new store will open at 8 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 12, following a 7:30 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Fresh Foods and Familiar Brands
Designed as a convenient family shopping center, the Walmart Neighborhood Market will provide the local community another destination for groceries at the Walmart value price. The store will carry a full line of groceries, including fresh produce, frozen foods, meat and dairy products, and organic items. For those on the go, the deli offers hot rotisserie chicken, a wide variety of meats, cheeses and freshly prepared foods. Customers can pick up cakes and freshly-made bread in the bakery. This store is also expanding the Hispanic section.
“With our smaller format, our store is perfect for those on the go. Whether they’re stocking up or need to pick up just a few items, our customers will be able to find what they need quickly and easily,” said store manager David Balladin. “Our customers will be able to find familiar brands and local products at great values, right in their own neighborhood.”
Shoppers will also appreciate the convenience of the store’s pharmacy with a full selection of health-related products and a health and beauty area. Additional areas include stationery, paper goods, pet products and hardware items. Customers can also print their own digital photos at the store. The store will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Store Provides 65 Local Jobs
The Walmart Neighborhood Market plans to employ approximately 65 associates. About 16 associates have transferred to the new store from existing Walmart locations, several of whom have worked for the company for more than 10 years.
“Walmart provides job opportunities and career choices for everyone from seniors looking for supplemental income to young people wanting to gain work experience,” David said. Like most Walmart store managers, he started his career with Walmart as an hourly associate. He joined the company in 1989, as a cashier at a store in Orlando.
Community Organizations Benefit from Grand-Opening Grants
As part of Walmart’s commitment to the communities in which it operates, the store will present $ 7,500 in grants from the Walmart Foundation during the grand-opening celebration. The following organizations and schools will each receive $1,000: Celebration Hunger Relief, Kissimmee Fire Department, Kissimmee Elementary and Middle School, Mavericks High School and Osceola County Sheriff’s Department. The Kissimmee Police Department will receive $1,500.
Ribbon-Cutting Celebration 7:30 a.m., Oct. 12
Community and business leaders will join Walmart associates at 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 12, for a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony. Store manager David Balladin and other associates will cut the ribbon to the new store. Cake and punch will be served to the community.
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