Store renovation adds 200 new jobs and 24-hour service
WALPOLE, Mass., Sept. 5, 2012 – Residents of Walpole are invited to the expanded Walmart store, which opens Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 550 Providence Highway. A grand-opening ceremony is scheduled for 8 a.m., and the store will open to the public immediately following the event. The expanded store brings approximately 200 new jobs to the area and opportunities for savings for customers. It will be open 24 hours, seven days a week.
“We have a loyal customer base, and some have been shopping here since our original opening in 1994,” said store manager Michael Cambria. “We think they’ll love the easy-to-shop layout of the new Walmart and appreciate the savings we offer on the products they are looking for.”
Ribbon-Cutting Celebration at 8 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 12
Community and business leaders will join Walmart associates at 8 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 12, for a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony. A local choir will perform the national anthem and four associates who were working for the store at its original opening in 1994 will cut the ribbon to officially open the expanded store. The Walpole Boy Scouts and local veterans will present the colors.
Customers are encouraged to come to the store on grand-opening day to take advantage of a wide variety of events and promotions. Events include product samplings and giveaways, character appearances by Oreo, Goldfish and the Cottonelle Puppy. Other activities include face painting and games. All events are family-friendly, free and open to the public.
“We are proud to be expanding during the year that Walmart celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first store opening,” said Cambria. “We look forward to serving the people of our community, helping save people money so they can live better.”
Customer Convenience and Wide Product Selection
By combining general merchandise and a full line of groceries in one convenient location, the store offers Walpole shoppers the convenience of one-stop shopping close to home.
The new store features a wide assortment of quality, value-priced merchandise, including:
- Family apparel
- Health and beauty aids
- Lawn and garden items
- Automotive products
- Home furnishings
- Sporting goods
- Pet supplies
The grocery area will include a wide selection of fresh produce, including a variety of organic products. Other features include a full bakery, meat and dairy products, dry goods and staples, beverages, a deli, frozen foods, canned and packaged goods, baking items and household supplies. For added convenience, the store will also offer a pharmacy, vision center, MoneyCenter and Walmart Connect Center.
The pharmacy will offer a full range of products and services to support the health and wellness of customers and their families. The pharmacy team can answer questions, offer health and wellness solutions and assist customers who wish to transfer their prescriptions to Walmart. The pharmacy is conveniently located at the front of the store next to the Walmart.com services department.
Community Organizations Benefit from Grand-Opening Grants
Nonprofit organizations will also benefit from the retailer’s ongoing charitable contributions and support for community projects. As part of Walmart’s commitment to the communities in which it operates $31,000 in grants from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation will be presented to local organizations at the grand opening, including the Children’s Miracle Network and the Walpole police and fire departments.
Economic Impact Includes Approximately 200 New Jobs
The new Walpole Walmart will employ approximately 360 associates, including approximately 200 positions created by the expansion. “Joining Walmart was a great career decision for me, as it has been for so many of my fellow associates,” Cambria said. “As a native of Massachusetts I am proud to work for this company where there are unlimited opportunities and bring those opportunities to our community and neighbors.”
The average wage at Walmart for full-time hourly associates in Massachusetts is approximately $13.57 per hour.* Eligible full-time and part-time associates at Walmart are able to take advantage of many employment benefits, including a wide variety of health care plans, 401(k) participation, discounts, membership at Sam’s Club and the opportunity to purchase stock. More than three-fourths of the company’s managers began their Walmart careers as hourly associates.
This store features many energy-saving elements, part of Walmart’s overall efforts to reduce the total amount of energy used in stores and other operations. These features include LED lights in signage, freezer cases and the parking lot. This technology uses about 50 percent less energy than traditional lighting.
Healthier Food and “Great For You”
Walmart made a major commitment to make food healthier and healthier food more affordable, ensuring families won’t have to choose between a product that is good for them and one they can afford. Steps in the healthier food initiative include:
- Reformulate thousands of packaged food items by 2015 by reducing sodium and added sugars and removing all remaining industrially produced trans fats.
- Make healthier choices more affordable by providing savings on fresh produce and reducing the price premium on “better-for-you” items.
- Provide solutions to address food deserts by bringing stores to underserved communities.
- Increase charitable support for nutrition programs that help educate consumers about healthier food solutions and choices.
The “Great For You” icon appears on select Great Value and Marketside products as well as fresh and packaged fruits and vegetables. The icon was developed to help customers easily identify nutritious food options so they can make healthier eating choices for themselves and their families. For more information, visit corporate.walmart.com/healthier-food.
Walmart.com services will be available at the store’s entrance. In addition to a digital-photo processing lab, the store will also offer two services for customers who shop online. Site-to-Store is a free service that allows customers to ship online orders from www.walmart.com free to any Walmart store for pickup. Pick Up Today is a free service that allows customers to order store items online and pick them up at their local Walmart store that same day (or the next day if items are ordered after 6 p.m. local time).
Pay With Cash
All Walmart stores and Walmart Neighborhood Markets participate in the “Pay With Cash” program. This allows customers to order online at 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.
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.