More Jobs and Grocery Options Coming to Conway

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

  • New Walmart Neighborhood Market located at 2550 Prince St.
  • Up to 95 jobs created by Conway Walmart Neighborhood Market
  • Store open 6 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week

CONWAY, Ark., July 8, 2013 – Walmart will open the first Walmart Neighborhood Market in Conway on Wednesday, July 17, after a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7:30 a.m. The new store, approximately one-third the size of a Walmart Supercenter, is located at 2550 Prince St. and is open 6 a.m. to midnight, 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 a pharmacy with drive-thru service.

"Conway's new Walmart Neighborhood Market is the latest development in what has been a long and positive relationship," said Jamie Gates, Conway Area Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President. "It was almost 50 years ago that Conway became the location for one of Walmart's earliest stores. The Walmart Neighborhood Market on Prince Street brings new amenities and shopping options to the heart of Conway. It is a wonderful complement to the redevelopment of the entire Prince Street corridor."

The Conway Neighborhood Market is one of 24 Walmart stores opening across the country on July 17th.

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

  • Yarnell's
  • Little Debbie
  • Petit Jean Meats

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

Community Giving
The grand-opening celebration includes presentations of $5,250 in grants from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation to local community groups. Grant recipients include Conway Cradle Care Inc., Conway Interfaith Clinic Inc., Conway Police Department, CASA, Literacy Action of Central Arkansas, Conway High School Renaissance Program, Soaring Wings Ranch and Soul Food Cafe Mission Inc.

New Store, New Jobs
The new store employs up to 95 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 Dayton Noel began his Walmart career in 1993 as an assistant store manager in Jasper, Ala. Eleven of the new Walmart Neighborhood Market associates have worked for Walmart for more than 10 years.

"Speaking for the associates at the Conway Walmart Neighborhood Market, we are so excited to be a part of this community," said Noel. "We look forward to serving the residents of Conway and Faulkner County by giving them a great shopping experience, a fully stocked pharmacy with a convenient drive-thru, along with providing them everyday low prices."

A Big Family Welcome
Walmart is happy to be part of the Conway community and is ready to celebrate with residents on Saturday, July 20. A Big Family Welcome will give customers a chance to meet Noel and enjoy fun family activities such as face painting, cupcake decorating and free food samples while supplies last. Join the celebration from noon to 3 p.m.

Join the Conversation
Walmart invites Conway shoppers to share their in-store experience on Facebook. Visit the My Local Walmart Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/walmart3168. 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 our 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.