More Jobs and Grocery Options Coming to Florence

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

  • New Walmart Neighborhood Market located at 1410 Florence Blvd.
  • Up to 95 jobs created by Florence Walmart Neighborhood Market
  • Store open 6 a.m.–midnight, daily

FLORENCE, Ala., June 3, 2013 – Walmart will open the first Walmart Neighborhood Market in Florence on Wednesday, June 12, following a brief grand-opening ceremony at 7:30 a.m. The new store, approximately one-quarter the size of a Walmart Supercenter, is located at 1410 Florence Blvd. and is open daily from 6 a.m. to midnight. The new store will provide local customers with a new, convenient option for their grocery shopping needs, including fresh produce and pharmacy services. The Florence store is one of 17 Walmart stores opening in communities across the United States on June 12.

"We are pleased to welcome the new Walmart Neighborhood Market to the Shoals with its store opening in Florence," said Shoals Chamber of Commerce President Steve Holt. "Walmart store leaders, district and regional managers have been visible and active throughout the Shoals, and their participation in the business community is appreciated. We welcome each associate to Florence and the Shoals and look forward to working together with them toward building a better community."

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 Florence store is also tailored to the community, offering local favorites, including:

  • Dale's Steak Sauce
  • Big Bob Gibson's White Sauce
  • Mrs. Stratton's Salads
  • Zeigler meat products
  • Golden Flake Potato Chips
  • Johnny Fleeman's Honey Mustard

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 $6,000 in grants from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation to local community groups, including:

  • Weeden Elementary School
  • Best Robotics/Shoals Area Chamber
  • North Alabama Christian Children's Home
  • Keep the Shoals Beautiful
  • Hospice of the Shoals
  • Florence High School

New Store, New Jobs
The new store employs approximately 95 full- and part-time associates. The first Walmart Neighborhood Market opened in 1998, and today there are approximately 230 Walmart Neighborhood Market stores nationwide.

Store manager Chris Sanford began his Walmart career in 2006 as an assistant manager at the Moulton Walmart store.

"I am tremendously excited about serving the Florence community with this new concept store," said Sanford. "I look forward to meeting our customers and helping fulfill their needs."

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

Join the Conversation
Walmart invites Florence shoppers to share their in-store experience on Facebook. Visit the My Local Walmart Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/walmart4188. 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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