Walmart Ready to Reveal Expanded Store to Gardner Shoppers

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

  • Store located at 677 Timpany Blvd., Gardner, Mass.
  • Approximately 47,000 additional square feet
  • Gardner Walmart creates approximately 80 additional jobs
  • Store open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week, beginning Wednesday, Jan. 29

GARDNER, Mass., Jan. 15, 2014 – An expanded Walmart will unveil the changes Wednesday, Jan. 29, after a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7:30 a.m. The expanded store at 677 Timpany Blvd. is open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. It will provide Gardner residents with one-stop shopping convenience for their grocery and general merchandise needs. The store also offers pharmacy services.

The expansion adds approximately 47,000 square feet to the existing store and will allow for a larger selection of merchandise for customers. New departments include fresh produce, bakery, deli, rotisseries, prepared meals and vision center.

The expansion of the Gardner Walmart will increase the city’s commercial tax base, has provided for the realignment and upgrading of a difficult and dangerous intersection, and will offer additional jobs for those within the Greater Gardner region,” said Mayor Mark Hawke.

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.

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 also includes presentations of $4,750 in grants from Walmart to local community groups. Grant recipients include C.A.R.E, the Gardner Fire Department, Gardner Police Department, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Stetson School.

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 Massachusetts donated approximately 880,000 pounds of food, in fiscal year 2013, or the equivalent of 730,000 meals. Additionally, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $3.4 million in fiscal year 2013 in Massachusetts alone. For more information on Walmart’s fight against hunger, visit http://foundation.walmart.com/our-focus/hunger.

More Store, More Jobs
The store employs approximately 250 full- and part-time associates, including approximately 80 positions created by the expansion. Store manager Jeremy Friedman began his Walmart career in 2003 as an hourly cashier.

"Our expanded Supercenter format will bring a wider selection of merchandise, including fresh foods and grocery under one roof at Walmart's everyday low prices,” said Friedman. “Our new store layout allows for fast and friendly service throughout the store. These improvements to the shopping experience come as we increase the number of full- and part-time jobs and provide career opportunities for our current associates."

A Big Family Welcome
Walmart is happy to be part of the Gardner community and is ready to celebrate with residents Saturday, Feb. 1. A Big Family Welcome will give customers a chance to meet store manager Friedman 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 Gardner 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/walmart2155. Fans of the local page can receive information about rollbacks, in-store events, meal solutions and more.

About Walmart 
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