Walmart Ready to Reveal Expanded Store to Avon Shoppers

Expansion provides approximately 80 jobs, plus savings on wider selection of merchandise

  • Store located at 35901 Chester Road
  • Approximately 34,000 additional square feet
  • Avon Walmart creates approximately 80 additional jobs
  • Store open 24 hours a day, seven days a week

AVON, Ohio, July 26, 2013 – An expanded Walmart will unveil the changes Friday, Aug. 2, after a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7:30 a.m. The expanded store at 35901 Chester Road is conveniently located and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It will provide Avon residents with one-stop shopping convenience for their grocery and general merchandise needs. The store also offers pharmacy services.

The expansion adds approximately 34,000 square feet to the existing store and will allow for a larger selection of merchandise for customers including expanded dairy and frozen foods departments. New departments include fresh produce, meat, deli and bakery.

"On behalf of the Neighborhood Alliance, I'm pleased to congratulate Walmart and their associates on their newly expanded store. Walmart is such an asset to our community and to our organization. They have generously provided volunteers, resources and financial assistance to our programs. We appreciate their community-minded spirit and their commitment to helping our neighbors in Lorain County," stated Neighborhood Alliance Vice President Dawn Meyer.

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. Some local products available include Duct Tape, Smucker's jams, jelly and preserves, Jif peanut butter, Ruggles Ice Cream,

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 also includes presentations of grants from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation to local community groups including Community Resource Services, Avon/Avon Lake Police Department and Avon Fire Department.

More Store, More Jobs
The store employs approximately 300 full- and part-time associates, including approximately 80 positions created by the expansion. Store manager Tammy Pistore began her Walmart career in 1993 as an hourly associate working as a customer service manager.

"Our associates are looking forward to a fun grand-opening celebration and cannot wait to welcome Avon shoppers as we open the doors to our newly expanded store," said Pistore.

A Big Family Welcome
Walmart is happy to be part of the Avon community and is ready to celebrate with residents on Saturday, Aug. 3. A Big Family Welcome will give customers a chance to meet Pistore 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 Avon shoppers to share their in-store experience on Facebook. Visit the My Local Walmart Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/walmart5066. 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.