Store brings new concept, 80 new jobs and local favorites to community
CARY, N.C., Sept. 19, 2012 – Walmart will open a new Walmart Neighborhood Market in Cary on Oct. 3, the first Neighborhood Market in the state. The new store, located at 2750 Highway 55, will provide Cary residents with a convenient location to pick up all their grocery needs, including fresh produce.
“Cary is consistently ranked as one of the best and safest places to live, work and raise a family in America, and a big part of that is having quality products and jobs right here in our community for our citizens,” said Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht. “That’s why we’re very happy that Walmart has chosen Cary for its Neighborhood Market, and it’s a real bonus that the company is locating within an existing center ready and waiting for just such a second chance.”
Walmart Neighborhood Market Format
The first Neighborhood Market opened in 1998, and today there are approximately 200 Walmart Neighborhood Market stores nationwide. The stores offer quick and convenient shopping for groceries, pharmacy items and general merchandise.
New Cary Store
The new store is tailored for the Cary community, featuring a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, fresh cakes and bread, and a selection of Asian, Hispanic, German and kosher items, 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 drive-thru 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.– midnight, 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.
Other efficiency technologies that Walmart utilizes include its Energy Management System, which monitors HVAC and lighting for all stores in the U.S., and active dehumidification, which allows refrigeration system to work more efficiency, and white roofs, which help reduce building energy consumption.
Opening Creates 80 Jobs
Approximately 80 part- and full-time jobs will be created with the new store opening. Store manager Jorge Rojas began his Walmart career in 2009 at the store in nearby Holly Springs. Two of the store’s associates have worked for Walmart for more than 10 years.
“We are proud of our new store and the jobs it has added to the Cary community,” Rojas said.
Ribbon-Cutting Celebration at 7:30 a.m., Oct. 3
The store will host a grand-opening celebration at 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 3. Store associates and local dignitaries will participate in a brief ceremony, followed by a ribbon cutting where doors to the new store will be opened to the public.
Throughout grand-opening day, members of the Cary 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 $6,700 in grants from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation to local community groups. Those groups include Cary Family YMCA, Greenhope High School Band Boosters, Caring Place, Miracle League of the Triangle and West Cary Middle 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.
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.
Cary Walmart Neighborhood Market
- Location: 2750 Highway 55, Cary, N.C.
- 54,500-square-foot Walmart Neighborhood Market
- Store opens at 8 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 3, following a 7:30 a.m., ribbon-cutting ceremony
- Store manager: Jorge Rojas
- Store hours: 6 a.m.– midnight, 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 drive-thru pharmacy, digital-photo processing center and Walmart Site-to-Store.
- $6,700 in grants from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation to the following area organizations:
- Cary Family YMCA
- Greenhope High School Band Boosters
- The Caring Place
- The Miracle League of the Triangle
- West Cary Middle School
- Store will employ approximately 80 associates, including two associates who have worked for Walmart for more than 10 years.
- The average wage at Walmart for full-time hourly associates in North Carolina is approximately $12.66 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.