Walmart Welcomes Merrill Customers to Convenient New Walmart Supercenter

Newly relocated Walmart provides approximately 85 new jobs

  • New store located at 505 S. Pine Ridge Ave. relocating from 3500 E. Main St.
  • Merrill Walmart creates approximately 85 new jobs
  • Store open 24 hours a day, seven days a week

MERRILL, Wis., April 4, 2014 – A newly relocated Walmart will open Wednesday, April 9 at 8 a.m., following a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7:15 a.m. The new store at 505 S. Pine Ridge Ave. is conveniently located at the intersection of Highway 51 and Highway 64 and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It will provide Merrill residents with one-stop shopping convenience for their grocery and general merchandise needs. The store is relocating from its previous location at 3500 E. Main St. The store also offers pharmacy services.

"We're excited for the grand opening of Merrill's new Walmart Supercenter," said Mayor Bill Bialecki. "Not only will residents have a variety of merchandise and fresh groceries options to choose from, but we’re also thrilled by the additional career opportunities the new Walmart will bring to our City.”

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 $5,000 in grants from Walmart to local community groups. Grant recipients include Merrill Public Library, Merrill Fire Department, Community Food Pantry, Ott’s Garage, Meals on Wheels and Afterschool Food Program.

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 Wisconsin 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 $20.5 million in fiscal year 2013 in Wisconsin alone. For more information on Walmart’s fight against hunger, visit http://foundation.walmart.com/our-focus/hunger.

New Store, New Jobs
The newly relocated store employs approximately 200 full- and part-time associates, including approximately 85 new jobs created by the relocation. Store manager Matthew Colby began his Walmart career in 2005 as an assistant manager at the Wisconsin Rapids Walmart.

This relocation will now allow us to better serve the Merrill community,” said Colby. “Our new store provides one-stop shopping convenience, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

A Big Family Welcome
Walmart is happy to be part of the Merrill community and is ready to celebrate with residents on Saturday, April 12. A Big Family Welcome will give customers a chance to meet Colby 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 Merrill 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/walmart1366. 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.


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