Store brings approximately 65 new jobs and convenient shopping for customers
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Aug. 22, 2012 – San Bernardino’s Walmart Neighborhood Market will open Wednesday, Aug. 29, providing residents a convenient location to pick up all their grocery needs, including fresh produce. Located at 2045 E. Highland Ave., the store occupies the former Highland Galleria that has been vacant for several years.
“San Bernardino is proud to be the site of the 200th Walmart Neighborhood Market. Walmart is a valued member of our business community and the opening of another store here demonstrates the confidence this company has in our city and community,” said Mayor Pat Morris. “The new store will not only revitalize an existing shopping center, bringing added customers to nearby existing businesses, but will create approximately 65 new local jobs, generate critically needed sales tax revenue for the city and provide fresh, affordable groceries to many families for years to come.”
New Store Features
Walmart first opened Walmart Neighborhood Markets in 1998, and now operates 200 stores across the country. The smaller store format is designed to provide quick and convenient shopping for groceries, pharmacy items and general merchandise.
The 42,000-sq-foot San Bernardino store, which will be open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week, will feature a self-serve deli, a self serve bakery, including a cake case, a wide variety of locally grown fruits and vegetables, as well as meats, cheeses and prepared foods. In addition to the fresh produce and bakery items, the store will carry a full line of groceries, including frozen foods, meat and dairy products, gluten free and organic items.
Shoppers will also appreciate the convenience of the store’s pharmacy, along with a full selection of health-related products and a health and beauty area. Additional areas include baby supplies, household items, stationery, paper goods, pet products, hardware items and a Celebration Station, where customers can buy gift wrap and gift bags, greeting cards and party supplies. Customers can also print their own digital photos at the store.
The store will offer Site-to-Store, a free service that allows customers to ship online orders from www.walmart.com free to any Walmart store for pickup.
All Walmart stores and Neighborhood Markets participate in the Pay with Cash program. This allows customers to order online at www.walmart.com and pay for the items with cash at all stores in the U.S. Walmart is the first major retailer to offer online purchases without the need for banking services or a credit, debit or prepaid card.
Community Groups Benefit from Grand-Opening Grants
As part of the grand-opening celebration, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation will present several grants to local community groups. Two of the recipients are W and W Community Development for Education and the Central City Lutheran Mission for hunger relief. Additional funds will be available throughout the year for local organizations that serve the community and impact causes Walmart customers care. Interested groups can visit http://foundation.walmart.com for more information.
Ribbon-Cutting Celebration 7:30 a.m., Aug. 29
Store associates will host a grand-opening celebration at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29. Store associates and local dignitaries will participate in a brief ceremony, followed by a ribbon-cutting where doors to the new store will be opened to the public at 8 a.m. Special events on grand-opening day, and continuing through the weekend, include character appearances, product giveaways and samplings, while supplies last.
Store Opening Creates Approximately 65 Jobs
Approximately 65 part- and full-time jobs were created by the store’s opening. Walmart is also looking to hire an additional 65 associates to work at the new Walmart Neighborhood Market opening this fall in Upland. Applicants interested in applying can visit the temporary hiring center at 1481 E. Foothill Blvd., in Upland or online at http://careers.walmart.com.
San Bernardino store manager Tina Madrigal began her Walmart career in 1992 as a cashier at a store in Fontana, Calif., Last year, Walmart promoted more than 161,000 people, and nearly three-fourths of store management teams started out in hourly positions. The pharmacy manager is Michael Boluro-Ajayi.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) serves customers and members more than 200 million times per week at over 10,300 retail units under 69 different banners in 27 countries. With fiscal year 2012 sales of $444 billion, Walmart employs 2.2 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://corporate.walmart.com, on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmartnewsroom. Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com.
San Bernardino Neighborhood Market
- Location: 2045 E. Highland Ave., San Bernardino, Calif.
- 42,000-square-foot Walmart Neighborhood Market
- Store opens Wednesday, Aug. 29, immediately following a 7:30 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony
- Store manager: Tina Madrigal
- Store hours: 6 a.m.-10 p.m., seven days a week
- Full line of groceries, including a bakery, self-serve deli, meat and dairy products, fresh produce, frozen foods and organic items
- Additional merchandise includes health and beauty aids, baby items, household products, pet and cleaning products, hardware and stationery.
- Convenience services include a pharmacy, digital photo processing center, Walmart Site-to-Store and Pay With Cash.
- Grants from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation to the following local organizations:
- W and W Community Development for Education
- The Central City Lutheran Mission for hunger relief
- Store will employ approximately 65 associates
- Store manager Tina Madrigal began her Walmart career as a cashier at a store in Fontana, Calif.
- Nearly 70 percent of Walmart store management teams began their careers as hourly associates.
- The average wage at Walmart for full-time hourly associates in California is approximately $12.79 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 health care coverage with no lifetime maximum. Walmart also offers eligible associates matching 401(k) contributions of up to 6 percent of pay, discounts on general merchandise, an Associate Stock Purchase Program and company-paid life insurance. Additionally, eligible associates receive a quarterly incentive based on store performance.
* Average wage taken April 2012. See www.corporate.walmart.com for details.