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More Jobs and Grocery Options Coming to Surf City

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

  • New Walmart Neighborhood Market located at is 420 Fun Center Drive
  • Up to 95 jobs created by Surf City Walmart Neighborhood Market
  • Store open 24 hours a day, seven days a week

SURF CITY, N.C., May 7, 2014 – Walmart will open a new Walmart Neighborhood Market Wednesday, May 14, after a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7:30 a.m. The new store, approximately one-quarter the size of a Walmart Supercenter, is located at 420 Fun Center Drive 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.

“The Town of Surf City is excited about the opening of Walmart as its newest business,” said Mayor A.D. “Zander” Guy. “This store will bring jobs to the community, add to the commercial tax base, increase shopping options our residents and visitors have, and perhaps most importantly, it signals to other companies and investors that Surf City is a growing, thriving center of commerce in our local region.”

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, self-serve deli and a bakery. The surf City store is also tailored to the community, offering 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.

Live Better Local Event
The new Walmart will host a day of giving Saturday, June 14, to celebrate and give back to the community, including grants to local non-profits. Nonprofit organizations can apply at http://foundation.walmart.com/apply-for-grants/local-giving.

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 North Carolina donated approximately 16 million pounds of food, in fiscal year 2014, or the equivalent of 13.3 million meals. Additionally, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $39.8 million in fiscal year 2013 in North Carolina 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 Tim Bass began his Walmart career in 2002 as an hourly associate in the produce department.

“We are excited to bring jobs and a new shopping option to Surf City,” said Bass. “We invite everyone to stop by and see the new store, enjoy our grand-opening festivities and take advantage of vendor promotions and giveaways.”

A Big Family Welcome
Walmart is happy to be part of the Surf City community and is ready to celebrate with residents on Saturday, May17. A Big Family Welcome will give customers a chance to meet Bass 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 Surf City 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/walmart7162. 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.


Surf City Walmart Neighborhood Market

Store facts

  • Location: 420 Fun Center Drive, Surf City, N.C.
  • Size: Approximately 41,000 square feet
  • Store manager: Tim Bass
  • Hours: 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Grand opening: Wednesday, May 14, following a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7:30 a.m.

Store features

  • Full line of groceries, including:
    • Fresh produce
    • Bakery
    • Self-serve 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
    • Digital-photo processing center
    • Walmart Site-to-Store

Live Better Local Event

  • Saturday, June 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


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


  • Saturday, May 17, from noon to 3 p.m.

For more information

  • Media contact: John Engleman, Mitchell Communications Group, 479-301-7987
  • Walmart Media Relations, 800-331-0085
  • Walmart information online: www.corporate.walmart.com; merchandise sales: www.walmart.com