Joplin’s First Walmart Neighborhood Market Prepares to Open

Walmart Neighborhood Market brings smaller format, local fresh food favorites and employment opportunities to the community

  • New Walmart Neighborhood Market located at 7th and Saint Louis Streets
  • Up to 95 jobs created by Joplin Walmart Neighborhood Market
  • Store open 24 hours a day, seven days a week

JOPLIN, Mo., April 28, 2014 – Walmart will open the first Walmart Neighborhood Market in Joplin Thursday, May 1 after a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7:30 a.m. The new store, approximately one-third the size of a Walmart Supercenter, is located at 1600 E. 7th St. at the intersection of 7th and Saint Louis Streets and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The new store will provide local customers with a new, convenient option for their grocery shopping needs, including fresh produce and pharmacy services.

“Joplin is excited to have a Walmart Neighborhood Market opening in our community,” said Mayor Melodee Colbert-Kean. “This recognizable addition to our city will provide jobs, revitalize a heavily trafficked thoroughfare and offer a large selection of fresh produce for healthy eating. We are pleased that Walmart Neighborhood Market chose to invest in #growJoplin and become a great ‘neighbor’ to our continued redevelopment progress!”

Smaller Store, More Convenience
The Walmart Neighborhood Market format offers quick and convenient shopping, with a full-grocery department, including organic and natural selections. The store features prepared food options, fresh baked breads, a bakery and a deli, including a smoker oven that will provide prepared meal options such as pork loins, ribs and chickens.

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 includes presentations of grants from Walmart to Boys and Girls Club of Southwest Missouri, Special Olympics, Joplin Police Department and Joplin Fire Department. The grand-opening celebration will also include a grant presentation of $50,000 to Missouri Southern State University through the Walmart State Giving 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 Missouri donated approximately 16.4 million pounds of food, in fiscal year 2013, or the equivalent of 13.6 million meals. Additionally, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $31.6 million in fiscal year 2013 in Missouri 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 up to 95 full- and part-time associates. The first Walmart Neighborhood Market opened in 1998, and today there are approximately 300 Walmart Neighborhood Market stores nationwide.

Store manager Steve Hoag began his Walmart career 16 years ago as an assistant manager.

“I can’t wait for shoppers to get to experience Joplin’s first Walmart Neighborhood Market,” said Hoag. “The new store brings Walmart’s everyday low prices in a convenient smaller format to allow shoppers to get in and out quickly.”

A Big Family Welcome
Walmart is happy to be part of the Joplin community and is ready to celebrate with residents on Saturday, May 3. A Big Family Welcome will give customers a chance to meet Hoag 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 Joplin 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/walmart4057. 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.

FACT SHEET

Joplin Walmart Neighborhood Market

Store facts

  • Location: 1600 E. 7th St., Joplin, Mo.
  • Size: Approximately 42,000 square feet
  • Store manager: Steve Hoag
  • Hours: 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • Grand opening: Thursday, May 1, 8 a.m., following a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7:30 a.m.

Store features

  • Full line of groceries, including:
    • Fresh produce
    • Bakery
    • Deli
    • Prepared meal options
    • Organic/natural selections
    • Smoked pork loins, ribs, chickens
  • Additional merchandise includes:
    • Health and beauty aids
    • Pet and cleaning products
    • Hardware and stationery
  • Convenience services include:
    • Pharmacy
    • Walmart Site-to-Store

Charitable giving

  • Grants from Walmart will be presented to:
    • Boys and Girls Club of Southwest Missouri
    • Special Olympics
    • Joplin Police Department
    • Joplin Fire Department
  • Walmart Foundation State Giving Program $50,000 donation to Missouri Southern State University

Employment

  • Number of jobs created: Up to 95
  • Full- and part-time positions

Retailtainment

  • Saturday, May 3, from noon to 3 p.m.

For more information

  • Media contact: Bridget Schultz, Mitchell Communications Group, 479-301-7987
  • Walmart Media Relations, 800-331-0085

Walmart information online: www.corporate.walmart.com; merchandise sales: www.walmart.com