Upland Welcomes Walmart Neighborhood Market

Store brings approximately 65 new jobs and convenient shopping for customers

UPLAND, Calif., Sept. 26, 2012 – The first Walmart Neighborhood Market in Upland will open Wednesday, Oct. 3, immediately following a 7:30 a.m., grand-opening ceremony. The store will provide San Bernardino County residents a convenient location to pick up all their grocery needs, including fresh produce. Located at 1445 E. Foothill Blvd. at the intersection of Foothill and Grove Avenue, the store will revitalize a portion of a shopping center recently left vacant.    

“People in this area are very excited about this store,” said store manager Christy Wolff. “In the past, they have had to drive farther north or south for grocery shopping. This location is very centrally located, and will offer a better value for our customers.”

At 58,000-square-feet, the Upland store is larger than the typical Walmart Neighborhood Market. “Due to the larger square footage, we will be able to better serve our customers by offering a larger variety of merchandise and selection, for one-stop shopping as well as groceries.”

New Store Features
Walmart opened the first Neighborhood Markets in 1998, and now operates approximately 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 Upland store will be open from 6 a.m. to midnight, 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, locally grown 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.

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 GrantsAs part of the grand-opening celebration, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation will present $7,000 in grants to local community groups, including Foothill Family Shelter, Inland Valley Recovery Services, Foothill Knolls Elementary School, Upland Elementary School, Los Amigos Elementary School, Friends of the Upland Public Library and Foothill Animal Shelter. 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 http://foundation.walmart.com for more information.

Ribbon-Cutting Celebration 7:30 a.m., Oct. 3
Store associates 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 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 Coca-Cola, General Mills, 7UP, Bimbo Bakeries, Frito-Lay, Nabisco and more. 

The festivities, including character appearances, will continue Saturday, Oct. 6, and Sunday, Oct. 7. 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 still apply online at http://careers.walmart.com.

Wolff began her Walmart career 19 years ago as an hourly associate in the Tire & Lube Express department in Redlands. She was a Tire & Lube Express district manager for Walmart for five years prior to being promoted again to regional trainer. In 2009, Wolff was named co-manager of the Baldwin Park Walmart before becoming manager of the new Upland store. Last year, Walmart promoted more than 161,000 people, and nearly 75 percent of store management teams started out in hourly positions.

The pharmacy manager in Upland is Sidaka Choau.  Choau joined Walmart last year as a staff pharmacist in Rancho Cucamonga.  He was promoted to pharmacy manager of the Riverside Walmart earlier this year before being named manager of the Walmart pharmacy in the Upland store.  He has been a pharmacist for five years. 

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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