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Charlotte Welcomes Walmart Neighborhood Market

Store brings new concept, 85 new jobs and local favorites to community

CHARLOTTE, Feb. 6, 2013 – A new Walmart Neighborhood Market will open in Charlotte on Feb. 20, the first Neighborhood Market in the area and the second in the state. The new store, located at 7421 E. Independence Blvd., will provide Charlotte residents with a convenient location to pick up all their grocery needs, including fresh produce.

Walmart Neighborhood Market Format
The first Neighborhood Market opened in 1998, and today there are approximately 230 Walmart Neighborhood Market stores nationwide. The stores offer quick and convenient shopping for groceries, pharmacy items and general merchandise.

New Charlotte Store
The new store is tailored for the Charlotte community, featuring a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, fresh cakes and bread, and a selection of Asian, Hispanic, Jamaican, kosher and gluten-free items, as well as meats, cheeses and prepared foods. The deli will feature a Grab-and-Go section with 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 and organic items.

Shoppers will also appreciate the convenience of the store’s drive-thru pharmacy, along with a full selection of health-related products and a health and beauty area. Additional areas include stationery, paper goods, pet products and hardware items. Customers can also print their own digital photos at the store. The store will be open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week.

The store 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.

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.

Opening Creates 85 Jobs
Approximately 85 part- and full-time jobs will be created with the new store opening. Store manager David Thomas began his Walmart career in 2009 in Shelby, N.C. Six of the store’s associates have worked for Walmart for more than 10 years.

“We are proud of our new store and the jobs it has added to the Charlotte community,” Thomas said. “It is exciting to be a part of the store’s positive impact.”

Ribbon-Cutting Celebration at 7:30 a.m., Feb. 20
The store will host a grand-opening celebration at 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 20. Store associates and local dignitaries will participate in a brief ceremony, followed by a ribbon cutting where doors to the new store will be opened to the public.

Throughout grand-opening day, members of the Charlotte community are invited to come by the store to enjoy product samplings, giveaways and various entertainment events.

Community Groups Benefit from Grand-Opening Grants
The grand-opening celebration includes $8,000 in grants from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation to local community groups. Those groups include East Mecklenburg High School, Greenway Park Elementary School, Hidden Wounds Inc., Parker Autism Foundation, Providence High School, Ronald McDonald House and The Sandbox Group.

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