New stores offer customers savings with grocery format
OMAHA, Neb., Feb. 15, 2013 –Two Walmart Neighborhood Markets will open in the Omaha and Bellevue area March 1. The stores are located at 13105 Birch Drive in Omaha, and 2109 Towne Center Drive in Bellevue. The new stores will provide area residents with convenient locations to pick up all their grocery needs, including fresh produce.
New Nebraska Stores
The new stores are tailored to the Omaha-area communities where they are located. Each store will feature a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, fresh bread, as well as meats, cheeses and prepared foods. The delis will feature Grab-and-Go sections with rotisserie chicken, chicken tenders and wings, and standard deli sides. In addition to the fresh produce, bakery and deli items, the stores will carry a full line of groceries, including frozen foods, meat and dairy products, organic and gluten-free items. Some local items customers will see are Rotella Bread, Pears Coffee and Lucky Bucket Beer.
Shoppers will also appreciate the convenience of the stores’ pharmacies, along with full selections of health-related products and health and beauty aids. Each pharmacy will have a drive-up window for face-to-face contact with the pharmacist. Additional areas include stationery, paper goods, pet products and hardware items.
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 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.
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.
Openings Create Approximately 180 Jobs
Approximately 180 part- and full-time jobs were created with the store openings. Adrienne Pope will manage the new store on Birch Drive at the intersection of North 132nd Street and West Maple Road. Pope began her Walmart career in 1998 as an hourly holiday associate at a store in Watertown, N.Y.
“With our smaller format, our store is perfect for those on the go,” said Pope. “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.”
Chris Anstine will manage the new store in the Bellevue community on Towne Center Drive. Anstine began his Walmart career in 1999 as co-manager at a store in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
“We are proud to be opening this Walmart Neighborhood Market in the Bellevue community to help our customers save money and live better,” said Anstine. “Our associates will strive to do our best to serve our customers and the community.”
Both the Omaha and the Bellevue locations will host their grand-opening ceremonies at 7:30 a.m., Friday, March 1. Doors to the stores will open immediately following the ceremonies.
Mitchell Hahn, a Walmart associate at an Omaha-area store, will perform the national anthem at the Omaha grand-opening. Store associates, local dignitaries and members from the Omaha Chamber of Commerce will participate in the brief ribbon-cutting ceremony. Store associates and members from the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce will cut the ribbon at the Bellevue store.
Throughout each grand-opening day and the weekend, members of the community are invited to come by the stores to enjoy product samplings, giveaways and various entertainment events.
Community Groups Benefit from Grand-Opening Grants
Walmart stores in the Omaha area, the Nebraska State Giving Council and the Walmart Foundation will award a $30,000 grant to the Salvation Army and a $92,252 grant to the Food Bank for the Heartland. An Associate Choice Grant of $50,000 will be given to the Nebraska Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, and $20,000 to the Nebraska Food Bank for the Heartland.
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.
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 more than 10,600 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.