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Wichita Welcomes New Walmart Neighborhood Market

 New store offers customers big savings with grocery format

WICHITA, Kan., April 17, 2012 – A new Walmart Neighborhood Market will open in Wichita April 25, with a 35,000-square-foot store designed to offer quick access to low-cost groceries, prescriptions and household products. The new store, located at 4794 E. 13th St. N., will open at 8 a.m., 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 Jeff Schiffelbein. “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 11 p.m., seven days a week.

Store Provides 90 Local Jobs

The Walmart Neighborhood Market plans to employ approximately 90 associates. Several associates have transferred to the new store from existing Walmart locations, and 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,” Schiffelbein said. Like most Walmart store managers, he started his career with Walmart as an hourly associate. He joined the company in 1997, at a store in Garden City, Kan.

Community Organizations Benefit from Grand-Opening Grants

As part of Walmart’s commitment to the communities in which it operates $8,000 in grants from the Walmart Foundation will be presented throughout the year. Recipients include Aircapital Ambucs, Biddy Basketball, Children First, Dress for Success, Girls on the Run, Rainbows United, Sedgwick County EMS, Special Olympics and Inter-Faith Ministries.

Ribbon-Cutting Celebration 7:30 a.m., April 25

Community and business leaders will join Walmart associates at 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 25, for a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony. The invocation will be given by Dr. Rev. Kevass Harding of Dellrose United Methodist Church and store associates will perform the national anthem. Schiffelbein and other associates will cut the ribbon to the new store.

About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) serves customers and members more than 200 million times per week at over 10,000 retail units under 69 different banners in 27 countries. With fiscal year 2012 sales of approximately $444 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 http://walmartstores.com, and on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart. Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com.