store located at U.S. Highway 19 and Roosevelt Boulevard
Walmart creates approximately 300 new jobs
open 24 hours a day, seven days a week
LARGO, Fla., Jan. 6, 2014 – A new Walmart will open Wednesday, Jan. 15, after a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7:30 a.m. The new store at 2677 Roosevelt Blvd. is conveniently located near the intersection of U.S. Highway 19 and Roosevelt Boulevard and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It will provide Largo residents with one-stop shopping convenience for their grocery and general merchandise needs. The store also offers pharmacy services.
"We are pleased that Walmart has remained committed, both now and through the recession, to invest in our community,” said Largo Mayor Patricia Gerard. “We anticipate the new store will help grow and revitalize the Roosevelt and U.S. 19 corridor, and we look forward to its grand opening."
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.
The grand-opening celebration also includes presentations of $8,000 in grants from Walmart to local community groups, including Clothes to Kids, Eckerd Community Alternatives, Fraternal Order of Police—Pinellas Lodge 43, Frontier Elementary, Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce, Lighthouse of Pinellas, WorkNet Pinellas and the City of Largo Police Department.
In addition to the grants given as part of the grand opening, the new store will further Walmart’s pledge to fight hunger in America. As part of Walmart’s and the Walmart Foundation’s $2 billion commitment to fight hunger through 2015, Walmart stores in Florida donated approximately 26.8 million pounds of food, in fiscal year 2013, or the equivalent of 22.3 million meals. Additionally, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $53.6 million in fiscal year 2013 in Florida alone. For more information on Walmart’s fight against hunger, visit http://foundation.walmart.com/our-focus/hunger.
New Store, New Jobs
The new store employs approximately 300 full- and part-time associates. Store manager Ron Freitas began his Walmart career in 1998 as an assistant manager at a store in Sarasota.
”We’re excited to bring this new store with good jobs, great prices and one-stop shopping convenience to Largo,” said Freitas. “We hope everyone will stop by on grand-opening day to see the new store and take advantage of vendor promotions and giveaways.”
A Big Family Welcome
Walmart is happy to be part of the Largo community and is ready to celebrate with residents on Saturday, Jan. 18. A Big Family Welcome will give customers a chance to meet Freitas 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 Largo shoppers to share their in-store experience on Facebook and Twitter by using #MyNewWalmart. Visit the My Local Walmart Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/walmart3372. Fans of the local page can receive information about rollbacks, in-store events, meal solutions and more.
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.