Walmart Ready to Reveal New Store to Tacoma Shoppers

New Walmart provides approximately 300 jobs, plus savings on wide selection of merchandise

  • New store located at 1965 S. Union Ave.
  • Tacoma Walmart creates approximately 300 new jobs
  • Store open 7 a.m. - 11 p.m. seven days a week

TACOMA, Wash, July 17, 2013 – A new Walmart will open Wednesday, July 17, after a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7:30 a.m. The new store at 1965 S. Union Ave. is open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. It will provide Tacoma residents with one-stop shopping convenience for their grocery and general merchandise needs, including pharmacy services.

The Tacoma Walmart is one of 24 stores the company is opening across the country on July 17th.

One-Stop Shopping Convenience
The store features quality, value-priced general merchandise, including apparel, electronics, toys, sporting goods, and lawn and garden items. It also offers a full line of groceries, including organic and natural selections in addition to local favorites. 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.

New Store, New Jobs
The new store employs approximately 300 full- and part-time associates. Store manager Adam Fann began his Walmart career in 1998 as a night stocker, an hourly associate.

"We are excited about welcoming our community to their new Walmart," said Fann. "We are pleased to bring good jobs and Every Day Low Prices on a wide selection of merchandise to our community, and we hope everyone will stop by to see the new store during our grand-opening festivities."

Community Giving
In addition to its Every Day Low Prices, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are proud to support the Tacoma community through its charitable giving. The company has fully funded the Tacoma Goodwill's Operation: Goodjobs program as a part of its commitment to empower military veterans with the tools they need to find employment, advance in their careers and ensure long-term financial stability for their families.

"In addition to the general Tacoma community, the new Tacoma Walmart is of particular benefit to our many local veterans," says Greg Mowat, the Veteran and Business Specialist at the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber. "The new store will be a valuable community partner for veterans with its proximity to Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Walmart's recent commitment to hiring more than 100,000 veterans over the next five years."

At the grand opening, several area organizations will receive grants, including the Emergency Food Network of Tacoma and Pierce County. The organization was awarded $60,000 from the Washington State Giving Council for its Food Purchasing Program.

Throughout the past five years, the Walmart Foundation has awarded more than $1.2 million to Tacoma and Pierce County nonprofits through the Washington State Giving Program, community grants and through initiatives with Goodwill. Pierce County grantees include a variety of civic organizations, including: Family Renewal Shelter, Hilltop Artists in Residence, Toys for Tots, Korean Women's Association, Safe Streets Campaign, Washington Women's Employment and Education, the Bryant Neighborhood Block Party and Charlie's Dinosaur.

A Big Family Welcome
Walmart is happy to be part of the Tacoma community and is ready to celebrate with residents on Saturday, July 20. A Big Family Welcome will give customers a chance to meet Fann 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 Tacoma shoppers to share their in-store experience on Facebook. Visit the My Local Walmart Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/walmart4137. 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.

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