Walmart Ready to Reveal Expanded Store to Avon Shoppers

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

  • Store located at 30 Memorial Drive
  • Approximately 22,000 additional square feet
  • Avon Walmart creates approximately 80 additional jobs
  • Store open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday

AVON, Mass., April 2, 2014 – An expanded Walmart will unveil the changes Wednesday, April 9, after a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7:30 a.m. The expanded store at 30 Memorial Drive is conveniently located and is open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday. 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 22,000 square feet to the existing store and will allow for a larger selection of merchandise for customers. New departments include fabric, deli, bakery, fresh meat and produce.

"This newly remodeled Walmart has all the latest customer service and design features,” said chamber president and CEO Christopher Cooney, CCE. “It is only rivaled by the value it offers, number of jobs it represents and the quality management the Avon store is known for.”

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.

Community Giving
The grand-opening celebration also includes presentations of $8,000 in grants from Walmart to local community groups.

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 300 full- and part-time associates, including approximately 80 positions created by the expansion. Store manager Scott Wokoske began his Walmart career in 1995 as a sporting goods associate.

The store is prepped and ready to open to the community,” said Wokoske. “We are excited to open and invite everyone to see our changes.”

A Big Family Welcome
Walmart is happy to be part of the Avon community and is ready to celebrate with residents on Saturday, April 12. A Big Family Welcome will give customers a chance to meet Wokoske 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 and Twitter by using #MyNewWalmart. Visit the My Local Walmart Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/walmart2122. Fans of the local page can receive information about rollbacks, in-store events, meal solutions and more.

About Walmart 
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