New store offers customers big savings with grocery format
GULF BREEZE, Fla., March 2, 2011 – A new Walmart Neighborhood Market will open in Gulf Breeze March 14, with a 45,702-square-foot store designed to offer quick access to low-cost groceries, prescriptions and household products. The new store, located at 334 Gulf Breeze Parkway, will open at 8 a.m., Wednesday, March 14, 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.
“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 Robert Luiz. “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 6 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week.
Store Provides 60 Local Jobs
The Walmart Neighborhood Market plans to employ approximately 60 associates. Several associates have transferred to the new store from existing Walmart locations, and have worked for the company for more than 10 years. One associate has been with Walmart for more than 20 years.
“Walmart provides job opportunities and career choices for everyone from seniors looking for supplemental income to young people wanting to gain work experience,” Luiz said. Like most Walmart store managers, he started his career with Walmart as an hourly associate. He joined the company in 1998, as an overnight stocker at a store in Destin, Fla.
Community Organizations Benefit from Grand-Opening Grants
As part of Walmart’s commitment to the communities in which it operates $4,000 in grants from the Walmart Foundation will be presented throughout the year.
Ribbon-Cutting Celebration 7:30 a.m., March 14
Community and business leaders will join Walmart associates at 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 14, for a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony. The invocation will be given by a local pastor and a store associate will perform the national anthem. Luiz and other associates will cut the ribbon to the new store.
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