Community of North Vernon Welcomes New Walmart

Newly relocated Walmart provides 85 new jobs

NORTH VERNON, Ind., Sept. 7, 2012 – The wait is over for North Vernon residents eager to see their relocated Walmart store, which will be unveiled to customers following a grand-opening ceremony scheduled for 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 12. Conveniently located at 2410 N. State Highway 3, the relocated store brings approximately 85 new jobs to the area and opportunities for savings for customers. It will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“Our city is very appreciative of the jobs this new store will create,” Mayor Harold Campbell said. “As mayor, all of our construction and corporate partners with Walmart helped make this an outstanding project. The new store has taken a blighted area and turned it into an area that will attract future development. Walmart’s community volunteerism has also made it possible for many wonderful projects to come true for many local organizations.”

Ribbon-Cutting Celebration, 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 12
Community and business leaders will join Walmart associates at 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 12, for a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony. Campbell and other dignitaries will help store associates and store manager Jill Richey officially open the store. Assistant manager John Simpson will perform the national anthem while members of the Muscatatuck Urban Training Complex (MUTC), who will present the colors. Pastor Bob Weeks of the First Baptist Church of North Vernon will perform the invocation.

Grand-Opening Events
Customers are encouraged to come to the store on grand-opening day to take advantage of a wide variety of grand-opening events and promotions. The events include product samplings and giveaways and character appearances. All events are family-friendly, free and open to the public. 

“We are proud to be opening during the year that Walmart celebrates the 50th anniversary of its first store opening,” said Richey. “We are committed to continue the tradition that Walmart was founded on, which is everyday low prices. We look forward to serving the people of our community, helping save them 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 North Vernon shoppers the convenience of one-stop shopping close to home. 

The store features a wide assortment of quality, value-priced merchandise, including:

  • Family apparel
  • Health and beauty aids
  • Electronics
  • Toys
  • Lawn and garden items
  • Jewelry
  • Automotive products
  • Home furnishings
  • Hardware
  • Sporting goods
  • Pet supplies
  • Housewares

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 household staples, beverages, a deli, frozen foods, canned and packaged goods, baking items, household supplies, beer, wine and liquor.

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 and also offers the convenience of drive-thru.

Store Design Incorporates Environmentally Friendly Features
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. The store also features more than 160 daylight harvesting skylights.

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, grants from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation will be presented to three organizations including the Friends of the Muskoka River, Jennings County Council on Domestic Violence and St. Vincent Hospital.

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 in 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
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.

Economic Impact Includes Approximately 85 New Jobs
The North Vernon Walmart will employ approximately 270 associates, including approximately 85 positions created by the relocation, according to Richey. The average wage at Walmart for full-time hourly associates in Indiana is approximately $12.32 per hour.* Richey began her Walmart career in 1988 as a store associate at the Walmart in Scottsburg, Ind. Sixty-three associates have worked for Walmart for more than 10 years, and 13 associates have worked for Walmart since the store originally opened in 1988. 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.

About Walmart
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

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