Walmart Neighborhood Market Provides Jobs and Grocery Options to Vancouver

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

  • New Walmart Neighborhood Market located at 2201 Grand Blvd.
  • Approximately 80 jobs created by Vancouver Walmart Neighborhood Market
  • Store open 24 hours a day, seven days a week

VANCOUVER, Wash., April 24, 2014 – Walmart will open a new Walmart Neighborhood Market Thursday, May 1 at 8 a.m., following 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 2201 Grand Blvd. 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.

“We welcome the new Walmart Neighborhood Market to central Vancouver,” said Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt. “This brings new business vitality to the Fourth Plain area. The City is excited that this new store will bring 80 jobs to the community and that residents will have more shopping options 24/7.”

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, deli and a bakery.

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 local community groups including Share who will be attending the event to accept the check for their $25,000 grant.

“We are extremely grateful to the Walmart Foundation for their recognition and support of Share’s vital services to our community,” said Diane McWithey, Executive Director of Share. “The $25,000 grant will be used to support our Backpack Program, which provides food on the weekends to children at risk of hunger – more than 68,400 bags each school year. It is through the tremendous support of businesses, like Walmart, that allows us to fulfill our mission each and every day.”

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 Washington donated approximately 8 million pounds of food, in fiscal year 2013, or the equivalent of 6.6 million meals. Additionally, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $15.7 million in fiscal year 2013 in Washington 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 80 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 Jeremy Huckleberry began his Walmart career in 2004 as an hourly tire and lube express support manager in Vancouver.

“I’ve had the opportunity to build a career with Walmart,” said Huckleberry. “I look forward to watching the associates at this new Walmart Neighborhood Market have the same opportunities and am excited to bring affordable, fresh groceries to the community.”

A Big Family Welcome
Walmart is happy to be part of the Vancouver community and is ready to celebrate with residents on Saturday, May 3. A Big Family Welcome will give customers a chance to meet Huckleberry 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 Vancouver 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/walmart3145. 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

Vancouver Walmart Neighborhood Market

Store facts

  • Location: 2201 Grand Blvd., Vancouver, Wa.
  • Size: Approximately 41,000 square feet
  • Store manager: Jeremy Huckleberry
  • Hours: 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • Grand opening: Thursday, May 1 at 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
  • Additional merchandise includes:
    • Health and beauty aids
    • Pet and cleaning products
    • Hardware and stationery
  • Convenience services include:
    • Pharmacy
    • MoneyCenter
    • Walmart Site-to-Store

Charitable giving

  • Grants from Walmart will be presented to area organizations.

Employment

  • Number of jobs created: Approximately 80
  • Full- and part-time positions

Retailtainment

  • Saturday, May 3, 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