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Walmart Brings New Shopping Experience to West Covina

New two-story store provides 200 jobs, plus savings on wide selection of merchandise

Los Angeles, Calif., Nov. 14, 2012 – Residents of West Covina are invited to the new Walmart store, which opens Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 2753 E. Eastland Center Drive. The grand opening is scheduled for 7:30 a.m., and the store will open to the public immediately following the grand-opening ceremony. Located in Eastland Shopping Center, the new store brings approximately 200 new jobs to the area and opportunities for savings for customers. It will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“The new Walmart will fill a large vacancy in the Eastland Shopping Center, provide the city with much needed new sales tax revenue to support city services for residents and create over 200 jobs,” said Mayor Mike Touhey. “Many West Covina residents are finding it harder and harder to find local jobs, especially our young people working their way through school and residents who lost their job in the economic downturn.  This store will provide quite a few residents fiscal security at a critical time.”

The new store is a two-story retail space at the West end of the Eastland Shopping Center. The space has been vacant for approximately three years and was formerly occupied by a Mervyns.

“We’re very excited to welcome the new Walmart to West Covina,” said Monica Cabrera, President and CEO of the Greater West Covina Business Association. “This new store will breathe new life into the Eastland Shopping Center, attracting even more customers to the area and help surrounding businesses become more successful.”

Ribbon-Cutting Celebration at 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14
Community and business leaders will join Walmart associates at 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14, for a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony. Customers are encouraged to come to the store on grand-opening day to take advantage of a wide variety of grand-opening events and promotions. The grand-opening day celebration events include product samplings and giveaways from various companies and character appearances.  All events are family-friendly, free and open to the public.

“I am proud to open this new store and provide West Covina with a new choice for quality, affordable goods,” said store manager Chris Turner. “We’ve met many amazing community members already and look forward to greeting many more when the store opens to help West Covina residents save 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 West Covina shoppers a one-stop shopping experience 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 Walmart Connect Center.

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 and offer health and wellness solutions. They can also assist customers who wish to transfer their prescriptions to Walmart. The pharmacy is conveniently located near the store’s second-floor entrance.

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.

Community Organizations Benefit from Grand-Opening Grants
Nonprofit organizations will also benefit from the retailer’s ongoing charitable contributions and support for community projects. As part of Walmart’s commitment to the communities in which it operates, $8,000 in grants from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation will be presented to local organizations at the grand opening. Grant recipients include Greater La Puente Valley Meals on Wheels, Shepherd’s Pantry, Homes of Hope Foster Family Agency, YWCA of West Covina, West Covina High School Band Parent Association, Workman Elementary School, West Covina Police Explorers, West Covina Fire Explorers, Workman Elementary School, Shepherd’s Pantry, and Faith Community Church.

Healthier Food and “Great For You”
Walmart made a major commitment to make food healthier and 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).

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 200 New Jobs
The new West Covina Walmart will employ approximately 200 associates, according to store manager Chris Turner. The average wage at Walmart for full-time hourly associates in California is approximately $12.82 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) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices.  Each week, more than 200 million customers and members visit our 10,300 stores under 69 banners in 27 countries and e-commerce websites in 10 countries. With fiscal year 2012 sales of approximately $444 billion, Walmart employs more than 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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