Store brings approximately 90 new jobs and new store format to the area
SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 1, 2012 – San Jose’s first Walmart Neighborhood Market will open Wednesday, Oct. 3, providing residents a convenient location shop for all their grocery needs, including fresh produce. The store is located at 1600 Saratoga Ave., in the former Safeway location in the Westgate Mall.
“I am thrilled to introduce the Walmart Neighborhood Market to the San Jose community. It is exciting to bring great jobs and convenient one-stop shopping to San Jose,” said store manager Ivana Lukic.
"Walmart’s partnership with San Jose State University’s Bay Area Retail Leadership Center has not only opened vital new internship and career paths for the university’s students, but the partnership has also led to many interface opportunities with students. These interface opportunities, which include an internship forum, conference, two-day study tour, etiquette luncheon, and other activities, allow Walmart to play an important, formative role in cultivating our students’ leadership skills and their commitment to community service," said Ken Gehrt, director, Bay Area Retail Leadership Center.
New Store Features
Walmart first opened Walmart 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 store, which will be open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week, will feature a self-serve deli, a wide variety of locally grown fruits and vegetables, as well as meats, cheeses and prepared foods. In addition to the fresh local produce and bakery items, the store will carry a full line of groceries, including frozen foods, meat and dairy products and organic items. The store will carry La Tortilla Factory, Marquez Brothers products and fresh produce from Gerawan Farms, who will be present at the grand opening.
“Gerawan Farming is a family owned company who has been in business since 1938. We are the largest grower of stone fruit (peaches, plums and nectarines) in the United States,” said Manager Denver Shutz. “We enjoy partnering with Walmart in these types of events to introduce our California grown fruit to consumers. It is also a great opportunity to answer any questions they may have. We look forward to meeting Neighborhood Market customers and having them sample our Prima Gattie peaches.”
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.
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 http://corporate.walmart.com/healthier-food.
Store Opening Creates Approximately 90 Jobs
Approximately 90 part- and full-time jobs were created by the store’s opening. As of July 2012, the average wage for regular, full-time hourly associates in California is $12.82 per hour.
“Walmart continues to invest in our communities providing essential services in our neighborhoods while creating much needed jobs for our residents,” said Matthew Mahood, president and CEO of San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Store Manager Ivana Lukic is from Serbia and moved to the United States 19 years ago. She began her Walmart career in 2001 as a temporary part-time associate hired to remodel a store in Littleton, Colo. Lukic has worked as a photo technician, photo-center manager and an assistant manager. In 2009, she was promoted to co-manager at a store in Castle Rock, Colo. She also served as co-manager at stores in Mountain View and Fremont. Last year, Walmart promoted more than 161,000 people and nearly 75 percent of store management teams started out in hourly positions.
Community Groups Benefit from Grand-Opening Grants
As part of the grand-opening celebration Walmart and the Walmart Foundation will present grants to support safe neighborhoods and education. 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.
Since 2010, the Walmart Foundation has awarded more than $425,000 in charitable grants in San Jose, including to City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley to support corps member’s work in local schools. "We are deeply grateful to the Walmart Foundation for their generous investment that will continue to bring state-of-the-art techniques to help City Year AmeriCorps members have the greatest possible impact on the academic success of middle school students,” said CEO and Co-Founder Michael Brown. “Every 26 seconds a student drops out of high school in America - and middle school is often where students start falling off-track. Young adults - who are near-peers to the students they serve and highly motivated to get results - can help them get back on track.”
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 the doors to the new store will be opened to the public.
Throughout grand-opening day and continuing throughout the weekend, members of the San Jose community are invited to come by the store to enjoy special events including character appearances, product giveaways and samplings. All events are family friends, free and open to the public.
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.