Store brings approximately 65 new jobs and convenient shopping for customers
ANAHEIM, Calif., Sept. 14, 2012 – The first Walmart Neighborhood Market in Anaheim will open Wednesday, Sept. 19, providing residents a convenient location to pick up all their grocery needs, including fresh produce. Located at 1120 S. Anaheim Blvd., at the intersection of South Anaheim Boulevard and East Ball Road, the store occupies the former Hahm Motorsports building.
“This is a great location for the first Walmart Neighborhood Market in Anaheim, as it’s close to Disneyland and the historic downtown district,” said store manager Nelisa Blackwell. “We will offer so many options for our customers, from our vast grocery selection to our pharmacy. Anaheim is my hometown, so it’s an honor and a privilege for me to help my local customers and community.”
"We are delighted that Walmart has chosen the City of Anaheim as the home of their newest Walmart Neighborhood Market,” said city council member, Gail Eastman. “Walmart is a valued member of our business community and a great civic partner. With the opening of this store they bring 65 additional jobs to Anaheim as well as their tradition of service in the community. We are excited to see the opening of a store that will provide fresh, affordable groceries to our residents and the many visitors that come to our great city."
New Store Features
Walmart opened the first 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 28,000-square-foot Anaheim store will be open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week. It 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. The store will also offer a large number of Hispanic items aimed at its customer base.
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 $4,000 in grants to local community groups. Those organizations include the Anaheim Community Foundation, Anaheim Football and Cheer Athletics, Boys and Girls Club of Anaheim and Orange County Fire Service Association. Additional funds will be available throughout the year for local organizations that serve the community and impact causes Walmart customers care about. Interested groups can visit foundation.walmart.com for more information.
Ribbon-Cutting Celebration 7:30 a.m., Sept. 19
Store associates 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 and ribbon cutting after which doors to the new store will be opened to the public.
The grand-opening day celebration events include product samplings and giveaways from General Mills, Nabisco, Bimbo Bakeries, Barcel, 7UP, Pepsi, Frito-Lay, Coca-Cola and more.
The festivities, including character appearances, will continue Saturday, Sept. 22, and Sunday, Sept. 23. All events are family-friendly, free and open to the public.
Store Opening Creates Approximately 65 Jobs
Approximately 65 part- and full-time jobs were created by the store’s opening. Interested applicants can apply online at http://careers.walmart.com.
Anaheim store manager Nelisa Blackwell, an Orange County native, began her Walmart career 12 years ago as an overnight stocker in the Orange store. She was assistant manager of the Brea store before returning to Orange as a shift manager. She was then promoted to manager of the Anaheim Neighborhood Market. Last year, Walmart promoted more than 161,000 hourly associates, and nearly 75 percent of store management teams started out in hourly positions.
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.
Anaheim Neighborhood Market
- Location: 1120 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, Calif.
- 28,000-square-foot Walmart Neighborhood Market
- Store opens Wednesday, Sept. 19, immediately following a 7:30 a.m., ribbon-cutting ceremony
- Store manager: Nelisa Blackwell
- Store hours: 6 a.m.-11 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
- Store will employ approximately 65 associates.
- Store manager Nelisa Blackwell began her Walmart career as an overnight stocker at the Walmart store in Orange.
- 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 California is approximately $12.82 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 www.corporate.walmart.com for details.
- $4,000 in grants from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation to the following area organizations
- Anaheim Community Foundation
- Anaheim Football and Cheer Athletics
- Boys and Girls Club of Anaheim
- Orange County Fire Service Association