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Walmart Ready to Reveal New Store to Ponchatoula Shoppers

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

  • New store located at 1331 Highway 51
  • Ponchatoula Walmart creates approximately 300 new jobs
  • Store open 24 hours a day, seven days a week

PONCHATOULA, La., April 2, 2014 – A new Walmart will open Wednesday, April 9, after a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8 a.m. The new store at 1331 Highway 51 is conveniently located and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It will provide Ponchatoula residents with one-stop shopping convenience for their grocery and general merchandise needs. The store also offers pharmacy services.

The City of Ponchatoula has enjoyed its working relationship with Walmart during the planning, development and construction of this new facility,” said Ponchatoula Mayor Bob Zabbia. “We feel fortunate to have such a well-planned retail facility for our residents. Walmart’s investment in our City demonstrates their belief in our community and its residents.”

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 $4,500 in grants from Walmart to local community groups. Grant recipients include Ponchatoula High School, D.C. Reeves Elementary School, Special Olympics Louisiana and Child Advocacy Services.

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 Louisiana donated approximately 10.6 million pounds of food, in fiscal year 2013, or the equivalent of 8.8 million meals. Additionally, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $20.7 million in fiscal year 2013 in Louisiana 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 Terry Hebert began his Walmart career in 1985 as an hourly sales associate in the Mathews store.

This store will provide Ponchatoula shoppers with a new shopping option at a convenient location,” said Hebert. “Our team has been working hard to prepare the store and we look forward to opening the doors and meeting customers.”

A Big Family Welcome

Walmart is happy to be part of the Ponchatoula community and is ready to celebrate with residents on Saturday, April 12. A Big Family Welcome will give customers a chance to meet Hebert 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 Ponchatoula 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/walmart4129. 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 11,302 stores under 71 banners in 27 countries and ecommerce websites in 10 countries. With fiscal year 2014 sales of over $473 billion, Walmart employs more than 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/walmart. Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com.