Walmart Ready to Reveal New Store to Powhatan Shoppers

New Walmart provides approximately 300 jobs, plus savings on wide selection of merchandise

POWHATAN, Va., Oct. 19, 2012 – Residents of Powhatan are invited to the new Walmart store, which opens Friday, Oct. 26, at 1950 Anderson Highway. The grand opening is scheduled for 7:30 a.m., and the store will open to the public immediately following the grand-opening ceremony at 8 a.m. The new store brings approximately 300 new jobs to the area and opportunities for customers to save money. It will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

"Walmart has its origins in small-town Arkansas, so I trust that in coming to a small, rural community in Powhatan, the store will bolster local employment, contribute to the county and complement the many small businesses that flourish in our community,” said Delegate Lee Ware.

Ribbon-Cutting Celebration at 7:30 a.m., Friday, Oct. 26
Community and business leaders will join Walmart associates at 7:30 a.m., Friday, Oct. 26, for a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony. The colors will be presented by the Powhatan High School JROTC and various local veterans. Walmart associate Allison Robertson will be performing the national anthem. Powhatan store manager Laura Francisco and representatives of the Powhatan Chamber of Commerce will cut the ribbon to the new store.

Grand-Opening Events
Customers are encouraged to come to the store on grand-opening day to take advantage of a wide variety of events and promotions. The grand-opening day celebration includes product samplings and giveaways from companies such as Pepsi and Kellogg’s, as well as character appearances. All events are family-friendly, free and open to the public.

“We are proud to be opening during the year that Walmart celebrates the 50th anniversary of its first store opening,” said Francisco. “We look forward to serving the people of our community, helping save them money so they can live better.”

Customer Convenience and Wide Product Selection
By combining general merchandise and a full line of groceries in one convenient location, the store offers Powhatan shoppers the convenience of one-stop shopping close to home.

The new store features a wide assortment of quality, value-priced merchandise, including:

  • Family apparel
  • Health and beauty aids
  • Electronics
  • Toys
  • Lawn and garden items
  • Jewelry
  • Automotive products
  • Home furnishings
  • Hardware
  • Sporting goods
  • Pet supplies
  • Housewares 

The grocery area will include a wide selection of fresh produce, including a variety of organic products. Other features include a full bakery, meat and dairy products, dry goods and staples, beverages, a deli, frozen foods, canned and packaged goods, baking items and household supplies. For added convenience, the store will also offer a one-hour digital-photo processing lab, Walmart MoneyCenter, fabric department, Tire and Lube Express, Celebration Station and an expanded electronics department.

The pharmacy will offer a full range of products and services to support the health and wellness of customers and their families. The pharmacy team can answer questions, offer health and wellness solutions, and assist customers who wish to transfer their prescriptions to Walmart. The pharmacy is located in the general merchandise area, and conveniently features two drive-thru lanes.

Store Design Incorporates Environmentally Friendly Features
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.  The store also features skylights, low-flow toilets and faucets in the bathrooms, new energy-efficient HVAC units and a recycling program.

Community Organizations Benefit from Grand-Opening Grants
A special preview night will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25, with community and business leaders joining Walmart associates and their families for grant and volunteer time presentations. The colors and pledge of allegiance will be presented by the Powhatan Boy Scout Troops. Ware, a resident of Powhatan, is the special guest for the evening and will speak on the economic impact the new store will have for Powhatan. He will be followed by Tina Bustos, executive director of the Powhatan Chamber of Commerce. 

Nonprofit organizations will also benefit from the retailer’s ongoing charitable contributions and support for community projects. Check presentations and donated time presentations will be given to several nonprofit organizations that serve Powhatan County residents. The Powhatan store manager will announce $8,000 in grants from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation to local organizations, including Powhatan Volunteer Rescue Squad, Powhatan County Sheriff Department, Backpacks of Love, Powhatan Boy Scouts, Powhatan Girl Scouts, Powhatan 4-H Groups, Powhatan Youth Athletic Association and Powhatan Fire Department.

Several area organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, Free Clinic of Powhatan, Mesa Vista Therapeutics, Lonesome Dove Equestrian Center and Powhatan Christmas Mother will receive the donation of time for the Volunteerism Always Pays “VAP” program. Through VAP, associates who donate their time to a nonprofit organization may request charitable contributions on behalf of those organizations where they volunteer. “This is a win-win situation for the organization and the associates. Giving back is what it’s all about,” Francisco said.

“On behalf of the Free Clinic of Powhatan we warmly welcome Walmart to the Powhatan community. We thank them for their financial support that was instrumental in helping the clinic provide medical care to our many patients,” said Connie Moslow, Free Clinic of Powhatan executive director. “The arrival of Walmart will impact the Clinic patients, allowing them to purchase prescriptions, food and other needed supplies without leaving the county, saving them time and gas. The Free Clinic of Powhatan looks forward to continuing our relationship with Walmart, which will benefit our patients and the community of Powhatan.”

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.

Walmart.com Services
Walmart.com services will be available at the store’s entrance. In addition to a digital photo processing lab, the store will also offer two services for customers who shop online. Site-to-Store is a free service that allows customers to ship online orders from www.walmart.com free to any Walmart store for pickup. Pick Up Today is a free service that allows customers to order store items online and pick them up at their local Walmart store that same day (or the next day if items are ordered after 6 p.m. local time).

Pay With Cash
All Walmart stores and Walmart 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.

Economic Impact Includes Approximately 300 New Jobs
The new Powhatan Walmart will employ approximately 300 associates, according to Francisco. The average wage at Walmart for full-time hourly associates in Virginia is approximately $12.10 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, discounts, membership at Sam’s Club and the opportunity to purchase stock. Nearly 75 percent of the company’s managers began their Walmart careers as hourly associates.

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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