New Spokane Valley store brings approximately 350 jobs to the region and new options for more affordable merchandise
SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash., Oct. 9, 2012 – Walmart is opening three new stores across the state on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 a.m., bringing Walmart’s Washington state hiring count up to nearly 900new jobs in 2012. Spokane Valley residents are invited to attend the new Walmart store opening. The store will then open to the public immediately following the grand-opening ceremonies.
Located at 5500 E. Sprague Ave., the new Walmart is a 147,785-square-foot full-service store. It will be open 24 hours a day.
“Walmart is proud to create around 350 new jobs in Spokane Valley,” said Matti Havener, senior director and regional manager for Walmart. “We look forward to serving the community with this new and convenient choice for low prices on the West side of the city.”
The new store will be the second in Spokane Valley. It will increase economic activity in the community by boosting tax revenue for the city, drawing additional shoppers from areas outside of the city, and providing about 350 local jobs for residents.
The store will include more than 30 merchandise departments such as apparel and accessories, a garden center, and health and beauty aids. Additionally, the store will have a broad assortment of groceries, including a bakery, a deli serving fresh food, meat and dairy products, fresh produce and full liquor sales. Convenience services including a pharmacy, digital-photo processing and Walmart Connect Center will be located in the store.
“This opening is very timely, as this year is Walmart’s 50th anniversary,” said store manager Brian Mansfield. “We look forward to serving the people of our community, helping them save money so they can live better.”
Like most new Walmart stores, the Spokane Valley Walmart features energy-efficient technology and environmentally friendly features to reduce energy and water consumption and minimize waste. The store has skylights to harvest daylight and reduce the amount of energy required to light the store by up to 75 percent daily. The store also has LED lighting, which operate 70 percent more efficiently than traditional fluorescent lighting. The cement used in the concrete flooring is made with recycled materials and the floor’s finish will reduce the need for chemical cleaners. In addition, low-flow toilets and faucets will minimize the water used in the bathrooms.
Economic Impact Includes Approximately 590 New Jobs in October
The new Bellevue, Lynnwood and Spokane Valley Walmarts will create a total of about 590 full- and part-time jobs. Combined with the additional new store openings and expansions earlier in the year in Bellevue’s Kelsey Creek neighborhood, Port Orchard and Sequim Walmart has created about 870 jobs in Washington in 2012.
The average wage at Walmart for full-time hourly associates in Washington is $13 per hour. Eligible full-time and part-time associates at Walmart are able to take advantage of many employment benefits, including a wide variety of health care plans, 401(k) participation and matching, discounts, membership at Sam’s Club and the opportunity to purchase stock. More than three-fourths of the company’s store management teams began their Walmart careers as hourly associates.
Washington State’s unemployment rate crept up to 8.6% in August, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Ribbon Cutting Celebration at 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17
The new Spokane Valley store is located at 5025 E. Sprague Ave. Community and business leaders will join Walmart associates at 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17, for a brief ribbon cutting ceremony.
Customers are encouraged to come to the stores on grand opening day to take advantage of a wide variety of grand opening events and promotions, including product samplings and giveaways. All events are family-friendly, free and open to the public.
As part of the grand opening celebration, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation will present grants to local community groups that serve residents. Greater Spokane Meals on Wheels and Spokane Valley Partners will both receive $2,000 checks, while Orchard Elementary School, Hearth Homes, The Scraps Hope Foundation and Toys for Tots will be presented with $1,000 checks.
Walmart employs more than 18,000 people at its 58 Washington locations and the company’s average full-time hourly wage in the state is approximately $13 per hour. Additionally, Walmart spent more than $2 billion for merchandise and services with suppliers in Washington last year alone. As a result of those relationships, the company supports an additional 120,990 supplier jobs in the state.*
*Supplier figures provided by Dun & Bradstreet for FYE 2012
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 www.walmart.com and www.samsclub.com.