More Jobs and Grocery Options Coming to Santa Maria

Walmart Neighborhood Market brings smaller format, local fresh food favorites and employment opportunities to the community

  • New Walmart Neighborhood Market located at 500 S. Blosser Road
  • Approximately 80 jobs created by Walmart Neighborhood Market
  • Store open 24 hours a day, seven days a week

SANTA MARIA, Calif., June 10, 2013 – Walmart will open the city's second Walmart Neighborhood Market on Wednesday, June 12, after a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7:30 a.m. The new store, approximately one-quarter the size of a Walmart Supercenter, is located at 500 Blosser Road and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The new store will provide local customers with a new, convenient option for their grocery shopping needs, including fresh produce and pharmacy services.

"The opening of the Walmart Neighborhood Market on Blosser Road will provide groceries, fresh fruits and vegetables to families living in the surrounding communities," said Alice Patino, Mayor of Santa Maria. "It will also bring approximately 80 new jobs into Santa Maria. I look forward to continuing our partnership with Walmart and working with Walmart to strengthen our economy and community."

The Santa Maria store is one of 17 Walmart stores opening in communities across the United States on June 12.

Smaller Store, More Convenience
The Walmart Neighborhood Market format offers quick and convenient shopping, with a full grocery department, including organic and natural selections. The store features prepared food options, fresh-baked breads, self-serve deli and a bakery. The Santa Maria store is also tailored to the community, offering local favorites, including Berry Good Strawberries.

The pharmacy offers a full range of products and services. Pharmacy team members can answer product and prescription questions and offer health and wellness solutions.

Community Giving
The grand-opening celebration includes presentations of $7,500 in grants from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation to local community groups, including the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Maria, Central Coast Rescue Mission, Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, Special Olympics Southern California – Santa Barbara County Region and Santa Maria Saints Football Boosters.

New Store, New Jobs
The new store employs approximately 80 full- and part-time associates. The first Walmart Neighborhood Market opened in 1998, and today there are approximately 250 Walmart Neighborhood Market stores nationwide.

Store manager Marcos Cruz began his Walmart career in 2000 as an hourly technician in the Tire Lube Express department at the Walmart in Tulare.

"We are so excited to be a part of this community," said Cruz. "We'd like to invite everyone out to the grand opening event on June 12 to see their beautiful new store and take part in celebrating the opening, including entertainment by a Mariachi band and a visit from the local fire department. We look forward to giving the community a great shopping experience along with providing them everyday low prices."

A Big Family Welcome
Walmart is happy to be part of the Santa Maria community and is ready to celebrate with residents on Saturday, June 15. A Big Family Welcome will give customers a chance to meet Cruz and enjoy fun family activities such as mascot appearances, a bounce house and free food samples while supplies last. Join the celebration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Join the Conversation
Walmart invites Santa Maria shoppers to share their in-store experience on Facebook. Visit the My Local Walmart Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/walmart5659. Fans of the local page can receive information about rollbacks, in-store events, meal solutions and more.

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 245 million customers and members visit or more than 10,800 stores under 69 banners in 27 countries and e-commerce websites in 10 countries. With fiscal year 2013 sales of approximately $466 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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