Expanded store creates approximately 90 new jobs
TRACY, Calif., Nov. 27, 2012 – Tracy residents are invited to the grand-opening ceremony for the newly expanded Walmart store at 3010 W. Grant Line Road. The grand-opening ceremony is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 30, at 7:30 a.m. The expanded store will employ 350 associates, including approximately 90 new jobs created by the expansion. It will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
"I am pleased that Walmart is expanding its Tracy store and creating approximately 90 new jobs. Having donated to numerous nonprofits in our area, Walmart is one of Tracy's longstanding community partners and we wish the best with their grand re-opening,” said Tracy Mayor Brent H. Ives.
Ribbon-Cutting Celebration at 7:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 30
Community and business leaders will join Walmart associates at 7:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 30, for a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony. The Walmart cheer will be led by a group of eight Walmart associates that have been with the store since it opened in 1993.
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 events include product samplings and giveaways from various companies. All events are family-friendly, free and open to the public.
“We are excited to expand and offer our customers an even greater shopping option,” said store manager Megan Sinclair.
Customer Convenience and Wide Product Selection
By combining general merchandise and a full line of groceries in one convenient location, the store offers Tracy 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
- Expanded electronics
- Large lawn and garden center
- Automotive products
- Home furnishings
- Sporting goods
- Pet supplies
- Tire and Lube Express
The grocery area will include a wide selection of fresh produce, including a variety of organic products. Other features include a full bakery with made-to-order cakes, 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 MoneyCenter, Walmart Connect Center, Vision Center, one-hour digital-photo processing lab, and Tire and Lube Express.
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 at the front of the store.
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, $7,000 in grants from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation will be presented to local organizations throughout the year.
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.
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 90 New Jobs
The expanded Tracy Walmart will employ approximately 350 associates, including 90 new positions created by the expansion, according to Sinclair. The average wage at Walmart for full-time hourly associates in California is approximately $12.89 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.
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 10,400 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 2.2 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.