Walmart Ready to Reveal New Store to Erie Shoppers

New Walmart provides approximately 85 new jobs, plus savings on wide selection of merchandise 

ERIE, Pa., Jan. 23, 2013 – Residents of Erie are invited to the newly relocated Walmart store, which opens Friday, Feb. 1, at 5350 W. Ridge Road. The grand opening is scheduled for 7:30 a.m., and the store will open to the public immediately following the ceremony. The new store brings approximately 85 new jobs to the area and opportunities for savings for customers. It will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

“Keeping a business like Walmart in Millcreek helps everyone in the township by supplying a needed service to the residents and also bringing in financial help so that we can continue to keep taxes low,” said Joe Kujawa, Millcreek Township. 

Ribbon-Cutting Celebration at 7:30 a.m., Friday, Feb. 1
Community and business leaders will join Walmart associates at 7:30 a.m., Friday, Feb. 1, for a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony. Associate Rachell Bersche will sing the national anthem while the Fairview High School band will perform the music. Pastor Ben DiStefano will lead the invocation, and the Millcreek Veterans of Foreign Wars will present the colors. Store manager Pete Burns and the original discount store associates 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 events include product samplings and giveaways from companies such as Pepsi and Frito Lay, and character appearances by Chester Cheetah and Pepsi’s inflatable mascot, Fizzy. All events are family-friendly, free and open to the public.

 “We look forward to serving the people of our community, helping save them money so they can live better,” said Burns.

Customer Convenience and Wide Product Selection
By combining general merchandise and a full line of groceries in one convenient location, the store offers Erie 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. 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 garden center, a Celebration Station, a digital-photo processing lab and 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 at the front of the store next to the Walmart.com services department.

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
As part of Walmart’s commitment to the communities in which it operates and in honor of the store’s relocation, approximately $5,250 in grants from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation were recently been presented to local nonprofit organizations. The following organizations will be recognized at the grand opening ceremony including: Fairview School, St. John the Evangelist RC Church, Asbury Woods Partnership, Inc., Community Country Day School, Erie County Department of Health Safe Kids, Millcreek Township Recycle Department and the West Ridge Fire Department.  In addition, $1,400 in grants will be presented to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania.

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 85 New Jobs
The new Erie Walmart will employ approximately 290 associates, including approximately 85 new jobs created by the relocation, according to Burns. The average wage at Walmart for full-time hourly associates in Pennsylvania is approximately $12.53 per hour.* Eligible full- 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 10,400 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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