Store brings new concept, 75 new jobs and local favorites to community
GRANITE BAY, Calif., Sept. 14, 2012 – Walmart will open a new Walmart Neighborhood Market on Sept. 19, one of five opening in the Sacramento area. The new store, located at 4080 Douglas Blvd., will provide Granite Bay residents with a convenient location to pick up all their grocery needs, including fresh produce.
Other Central Valley stores are located at:
- 2700 Marconi Ave., Sacramento
- 1421 Coffee Road, Modesto
- 1189 E. March Lane, Stockton
- 255 G St., Lincoln
"This Neighborhood Market is the catalyst for new business investment in a shopping center and brings the goods and services that this neighborhood needs," said Placer County Supervisor, Kirk Uhler.
"The Granite Bay Community Association feels the addition of the Walmart Neighborhood Market in Granite Bay is an exciting development for our community,” said M. O. Stinson, president of the Granite Bay Community Association. “We are pleased that Walmart is utilizing existing commercially zoned property to locate their new facility."
Walmart Neighborhood Market FormatThe 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 Granite Bay StoreThe new store is tailored for the Granite Bay community, featuring a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, fresh cakes and 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 24 hours a day, 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 75 Jobs
Approximately 75 part- and full-time jobs will be created with the new store opening. Store manager Crystal Weingart began her Walmart career in 1999 as an hourly associate at a store in Torrington, Conn.
“Working my way up from my first position as a cashier, I’m excited to be the store manager of Granite Bay’s first Walmart Neighborhood Market,” Weingart said. “For over 50 years, Walmart has offered everyday low prices so people can save money and live better. I am thrilled to introduce the Walmart Neighborhood Market concept to the Granite Bay community.”
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 Granite Bay community are invited to come by the store to enjoy product samplings, giveaways and various entertainment events.
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.
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.
Granite Bay Walmart Neighborhood Market
- Location: 4080 Douglas Blvd., Granite Bay, Calif.
- 43,000-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: Crystal Weingart
- Store hours: Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week
- 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.
- Store will employ approximately 75 associates, including five associates who have worked for Walmart for more than 10 years.
- Store manager Crystal Weingart began her Walmart career as a cashier in 1999 at a store in Torrington, Conn. 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 corporate.walmart.com for details.
For more information
- Media contact: Delia Garcia, Walmart, 479-644-7811
- Walmart Media Relations: 800-331-0085
- Walmart information online: www.corporate.walmart.com; merchandise sales: www.walmart.com