Walmart Ready to Reveal New Store to Tampa Shoppers

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

  • New store located at 15302 N. Nebraska Ave.
  • Tampa Walmart creates approximately 300 jobs
  • Store open 24 hours a day, seven days a week

TAMPA, Fla., May 14, 2014 – A new Walmart will open Wednesday, May 21, after a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7:30 a.m. The new store at 15302 N. Nebraska Ave. is conveniently located and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It will provide Tampa residents shopping convenience for their grocery and general merchandise needs. The store also offers pharmacy services.

"The University Area again welcomes a new Walmart store to our community," said Hillsborough County Commissioner Victor Crist. “The new store builds upon the partnership Walmart has enjoyed with this community for more than 20 years. I am excited about the 300 new jobs created by this store, the availability of a full line of groceries, including organic and natural selections as well as local favorites, as well as the addition of pharmacy services. I am also grateful for Walmart’s commitment to giving back to the community, as demonstrated by the grants they will be presenting to local community groups including the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, Metropolitan Ministries, Mort Elementary School and the University Area Community Development Corporation.”

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, including a drive-thru. 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 $5,500 in grants from Walmart to local community groups. Grant recipients include Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, Metropolitan Ministries, Inc., Mort Elementary School and University Area Community Development Corporation.

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 Florida donated approximately 26.8 million pounds of food, in fiscal year 2013, or the equivalent of 22.3 million meals. Additionally, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $53.6 million in fiscal year 2013 in Florida 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 Arnetta Hill began her Walmart career in 2002 as an assistant manager trainee.

“We are ready to greet the community at the new store here in Tampa,” said Hill. “We have events planned for opening day and the Saturday after our opening and want the community to come out and enjoy the festivities.”

A Big Family Welcome
Walmart is happy to be part of the Tampa community and is ready to celebrate with residents on Saturday, May 24. A Big Family Welcome will give customers a chance to meet Hill 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 Tampa 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/walmart3197. 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

Tampa Walmart

Store facts

  • Location: 15302 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, Fla.
  • Size: Approximately 150,000 square feet
  • Store manager: Arnetta Hill
  • Hours: 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • Grand opening: Wednesday, May 21, 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
    • Beer and wine
  • General merchandise categories include:
    • Family apparel
    • Health and beauty aids
    • Electronics
    • Toys
    • Lawn and garden items
    • Jewelry
    • Automotive products
    • Home furnishings
    • Hardware
    • Sporting goods
    • Pet supplies, including live fish
    • Household goods
    • Fabric
  • Convenience services include:
    • Pharmacy, including drive-thru
    • MoneyCenter
    • Vision Center
    • Walmart Site-to-Store

Charitable giving

  • $5,500 grants from Walmart will be presented to the following area organizations:
    • Crisis Center of Tampa Bay
    • Metropolitan Ministries, Inc.
    • Mort Elementary School
    • University Area Community Development Corporation

Employment

  • Number of jobs created: Approximately 300
  • Full- and part-time positions

Retailtainment

  • Saturday, May 24 from noon to 3 p.m.

For more information

  • Media contact: Christina Morton, APR, Consensus Communications, 407-608-5905 (o), 407-212-2658 (c)
  • Walmart Media Relations, 800-331-0085
  • Walmart information online: www.corporate.walmart.com; merchandise sales: www.walmart.com