Bell Gardens Welcomes Walmart Neighborhood Market

Store brings approximately 65 new jobs, convenient shopping for customers

BELL GARDENS, Calif., Oct. 9, 2012 – A Walmart Neighborhood Market will open in Bell Gardens on Wednesday, Oct. 17, immediately following a 7:30 a.m., grand-opening ceremony. The store will provide southeast Los Angeles County residents a convenient location to pick up all of their grocery needs, including fresh produce. The store is located at 6820 Eastern Ave. in the Los Jardines Shopping Center.

“We welcome Walmart opening in Bell Gardens,” said Pedro Aceituno, Mayor of Bell Gardens. “It will bring additional revenue to the city and much needed amenities including fresh, healthy food options our residents can afford. Walmart will be an asset for Bell Gardens residents and neighboring communities in Southeast Los Angeles County.”

The Bell Gardens Neighborhood Market is the second Walmart Neighborhood Market to open in Los Angeles County. The Panorama City Neighborhood Market opened late last month. 

“We are excited for the opening of the new Walmart grocery store in Bell Gardens. It will not only bring low prices and convenience to shoppers but will also boost foot-traffic for nearby businesses. We hope it will serve as a catalyst for economic growth in our city,” explained Carlos Cruz, executive director, Bell Gardens Chamber of Commerce.

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.

“This store is going to bring a whole new shopping experience to this community,” said store manager Keith Holloway. “Area residents are very excited and stopping by daily to see when we’re opening. The store is in a great location and will offer customers a great selection at our Every Day Low Prices.”

The 31,000-square-foot Bell Gardens 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 fresh 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. The store will also carry a large selection of Hispanic items such as bulk beans and rice and Hispanic pastries.

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.

“We are proud to have Walmart join our lineup of tenants at this very strong intersection with this much anticipated Neighborhood Market in Bell Gardens. The store replaces a vacant furniture store and dramatically improves the appearance of this center, while addressing the community’s demand for quality retail,” said Arturo Sneider, CEO, Primestor Development.  

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 $8,000 in grants to local community groups focusing on education and hunger relief in the Bell Gardens area. Additional funds will be available throughout the year for local organizations serving 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. 17
Store associates will host a grand-opening celebration at 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17. 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 7UP, POM Wonderful, Bimbo Bakeries, Frito-Lay, Pepsi and more. 

The festivities, including character appearances, will continue Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20-21. 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 still can apply online at http://careers.walmart.com.

Store Manager Keith Holloway began his Walmart career in 1997 as an hourly associate in Cody, Wyo. He spent four years at the Cody Walmart as a cashier, customer service manager, sales floor associate and a department manager. Holloway relocated to the Denver market to become a vision center manager. Experience as an assistant manager in the Denver area and a shift manager in Brooksville, Fla., helped prepare him for the store manager position in Bell Gardens. Last year, Walmart promoted more than 161,000 people, and nearly 75 percent of store management teams started in hourly positions.

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 to 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.

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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