Sarasota Welcomes First Walmart Neighborhood Market

Store brings new concept, 90 new jobs and local favorites to community

SARASOTA, Fla., Sept. 12, 2012 – Walmart will open the first Walmart Neighborhood Market in the city of Sarasota on Sept. 19. The new store at 3500 N. Tamiami Trail will provide Sarasota residents with a convenient location to pick up all their grocery needs, including fresh produce.

“Welcome to the neighborhood,” said Sarasota Mayor Suzanne Atwell. “Walmart will be a game changer for North Sarasota and beyond by bringing a quality and much-needed product to a great community.”

Walmart Neighborhood Market Format
The first Neighborhood Market opened in 1998, and today there are approximately 200 Neighborhood Market stores nationwide. The stores offer quick and convenient shopping for groceries, pharmacy items and general merchandise.

New Sarasota Store
The new store is tailored for the Sarasota community, featuring a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, fresh bread, as well as meats, cheeses and prepared foods. The deli will feature a Grab-and-Go section with rotisserie chicken, fresh-baked pizza and standard deli sides. In addition to the fresh produce, bakery and deli items, the store will carry a full line of groceries, including frozen foods, meat and dairy products, 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 stationery, paper goods, pet products and hardware items. Customers can also print their own digital photos at the store. The store will be open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.

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 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.

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.

Opening Creates 90 Jobs
Approximately 90 part- and full-time jobs will be created with the new store opening. Store manager Jeffery Douglas began his Walmart career as a part-time cart pusher in 1998 at a store in Bradenton, and was promoted to cashier. He participated in Walmart’s associate manager program and has since served as shift manager at stores in Osprey, Kissimee and St. Cloud, before becoming the Sarasota store manager. Both Douglas and the store’s pharmacist, Steve Micklavszina, have worked for Walmart for more than 10 years.

“We are proud to be opening during the year that Walmart celebrates the 50th anniversary of its first store opening,” said Douglas. “We look forward to serving the people of our community, helping save them money so they can live better."

Ribbon-Cutting Celebration at 7:30 a.m., Sept. 19
The store will host a grand-opening celebration at 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 19. Store associates and local dignitaries will participate in a brief ceremony, followed by a ribbon cutting where the doors to the new store will be opened to the public.

Throughout grand-opening day, members of the Sarasota community are invited to come by the store to enjoy product samplings, giveaways and various entertainment events.

Community Groups Benefit from Grand-Opening Grants
The grand-opening celebration includes $5,500 in grants from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation to local community groups. Boys and Girls Club, Gocio Elementary school, House of God Helping Hands Food Bank and North Tamiami Trail Development will each receive $1,000. A $1,500 grant will be presented to Booker High School.

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. 

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

 

FACT SHEET
Sarasota Walmart Neighborhood Market

Store facts

  • Location: 3500 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Fla.
  • 34,000-square-foot Walmart Neighborhood Market
  • Store opens at 8 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 19, following a 7:30 a.m., ribbon-cutting ceremony
  • Store manager: Jeffery Douglas
  • Open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week

 

Store features

  • Full line of groceries, including a bakery, a deli serving fresh food and meal solutions for moms, meat and dairy products, fresh produce, frozen foods and organic items.
  • Additional merchandise includes health and beauty aids, pet and cleaning products, hardware and stationery.
  • Convenience services include a pharmacy, digital-photo processing center and Walmart Site-to-Store.

 

Charitable giving

  • $5,500 in grants from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation to the following area organizations:
    • Boys and Girls Club, $1,000
    • Gocio Elementary School, $1,000
    • House of God Helping Hands Food Bank, $1,000
    • North Tamiami Trail Development, $1,000
    • Booker High School, $1,500

 

Employment

  • Store will employ approximately 90 associates, including two associates who have worked for Walmart for more than 10 years.
  • Store manager Jeffery Douglas began his Walmart career as an hourly associate in 1998 at a store in Bradenton. Nearly 75 percent of Walmart store management teams began their careers as hourly associates.
  • The average wage at Walmart for full-time hourly associates in Florida is approximately $12.65 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 July, 2012. See corporate.walmart.com for details.

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