Walmart Opens New Neighborhood Market in Marietta

New store offer customers savings with grocery format

MARIETTA, Ga., Jan. 10, 2013 – A new Walmart Neighborhood Market will open in Marietta on Wednesday, Jan. 16. This store, located at 1167 Powder Springs St., will provide residents of the Marietta area with a convenient location to pick up all their grocery needs, including fresh produce.

New Marietta Store
The approximately 41,000-square-foot Marietta store features a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, fresh bread, as well as meats, cheeses and prepared foods. The self-serve deli will feature rotisserie chicken, fresh-baked pizza and standard deli sides. In addition to the fresh produce, bakery and deli items, the store will carry a full line of groceries, including frozen foods, meat and dairy products, beer and wine, a rice and bean walk-around, a Hispanic doughnut case and organic items.

Shoppers will also appreciate the convenience of the store’s pharmacy, along with full selection of health-related products and health and beauty aids. Additional areas include baby 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. The store will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The stores 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 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.

These stores feature 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 lots. This technology uses about 50 percent less energy than traditional lighting.

Opening Creates 90 Jobs
Approximately 90 part- and full-time jobs were created with the store opening. Wanda Shack will manage the new store. Shack began her Walmart career in 2009 in the leadership training program.

“With our smaller format, our store is perfect for those on the go,” said Shack. “Whether they’re stocking up or need to pick up just a few items, our customers will be able to find what they need quickly and easily. Our customers will be able to find familiar brands and local products at great values, right in their own neighborhood.”

Grand-Opening Celebrations
The store will host a grand-opening celebration at 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 16. Store associates and local dignitaries will participate in a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony. Assistant manager Brian Robenolt’s 12-year-old daughter, Peyton Ashley will perform the national anthem. Pastor Don Ezell of Turner Chapel AME will lead the invocation and members of the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce will cut the ribbon. Doors to the new store will be open to the public following the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Special events on grand-opening day, and continuing through the weekend, include character appearances, product giveaways and samplings, and various entertainment events. All events are family-friendly, free and open to the public.

Community Groups Benefit from Grand-Opening Grants
The grand-opening celebration includes grants from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation to local community groups. Those groups receiving grants include Turner Chapel, Mission Church of God, Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services, and YMCA of Marietta. Additional funds will be available throughout the year for local organizations that serve the community. Interested groups can visit http://www.foundation.walmart.com for more information.

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.

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 10,400 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.

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