New Topeka Walmart Opens to Shoppers

New Walmart provides approximately 300 jobs, plus savings on wide selection of merchandise – in stores and online

  • New store located at 2626 SE. California Ave.
  • Up to 300 new jobs created by Topeka Walmart Supercenter
  • Store open 6 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week
  • Local Facebook page: www.facebook.com/walmart6392

TOPEKA, Kan., Oct. 8, 2014 – The new Topeka – SE California Walmart Supercenter opened Wednesday, Oct. 8, following a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7a.m. The new store is conveniently located at 2626 SE. California Ave. and will be open 6 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week. The new store will have an immediate impact on the community by revitalizing the retail corridor and will provide Topeka residents with low prices on a broad assortment of affordable fresh groceries and household merchandise.

"Walmart's decision to invest in an underserved area of east Topeka is welcomed enthusiastically by area residents," said Bob Schneider, Highland Acres NIA. "The new Topeka Walmart has already been great partner with our neighborhood and we know that their huge investment in our community will make the decision easier for other businesses to invest in our area. Walmart has brought hope and pride to our neighborhood."

Affordable Groceries and More to Meet All Your Needs
The new Topeka – SE California store offers fresh produce and a full line of groceries from all the leading brand names, including organic and natural selections. There is also a wide variety of meat and bakery selections, including fresh baked breads and desserts.

“After listening to our customer’s feedback, we’re excited to provide an affordable option for fresh groceries and value-priced merchandise in one, convenient location,” said store manager Michael Haskew. “We are excited to open the new store and welcome our customers in the upcoming months.”

Pharmacy team members can answer product and prescription questions and customers can ask about health and wellness solutions. Topeka residents can easily transfer prescriptions and order refills on the go with the Walmart mobile app for iPhone and Android. 

Additionally, the store features quality, value-priced general merchandise, including electronics and toys, baby and pet supplies and home goods.

Walmart's free Site to Store program, enabling customers to choose from nearly one million additional online items that can be ordered on Walmart.com and picked up at the Topeka – SE California store for free, often as quickly as the same day. 

Career Opportunities
The new Topeka – SE California store employs approximately 300 full- and part-time associates. Walmart provides endless opportunities for career growth and advancement. Nationally, about 75 percent of store management teams start as hourly associates and each year, Walmart promotes approximately 170,000 individuals. Store manager Michael Haskew began his Walmart career in 1995 as an overnight unloader, an hourly associate.

Community Giving
The grand-opening celebration includes presentations of $7,000 in grants from Walmart to local community groups including Helping Hands Humane Society, Highland Park High School, Shawnee Middle School and Silverbacks, Inc.

In addition to the grants given as part of the grand opening, the Walmart Foundation’s Kansas State Giving Program will award $315,000 to eight nonprofits located throughout the state dedicated to serving residents through its core areas of giving: hunger relief & healthy eating, sustainability, career opportunity and women’s economic empowerment. The following nonprofits were awarded a Kansas State Giving Grant:

  • Boys & Girls Club of Manhattan will receive a $25,000 grant to supports its healthy eat and healthy habits program.
  • Boys & Girls Club of Topeka will receive a $30,294 grant for its “Fully Belly’s, Active Minds” initiative.
  • Dress for Success Wichita will receive $37,966 to support its workforce development program.
  • Harvesters – The Community Food Network will receive a $25,000 grant to support nutrition, education and healthy eating efforts across the state.
  • Kansas Food Bank Warehouse, Inc. will receive a $50,000 grant to provide weekend packets of food to chronically hungry children.
  • Northwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging will receive a $56,000 grant to assist with its Homestead Nutrition project.
  • Senior Services of Southeast Kansas, Inc. will receive a $46,000 grant to support its Meals on Wheels program.
  • Urban League of Kansas, Inc. will receive a $44,740 grant to support workforce development programs.

The new store will also 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 Kansas donated approximately 3.8 million pounds of food, in fiscal year 2014, or the equivalent of 3.2 million meals. Additionally, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $8.6 million in fiscal year 2014 in Kansas alone. For more information on Walmart’s fight against hunger, visit http://foundation.walmart.com/our-focus/hunger.

A Big Family Welcome
Walmart is happy to be part of the Topeka community and is ready to celebrate with residents on Saturday, Oct. 11. A Big Family Welcome will give customers a chance to meet Haskew and enjoy fun family activities and free food samples while supplies last. Join the celebration from noon to 3 p.m.

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 250 million customers and members visit our 11,053 stores under 71 banners in 27 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2014 sales of over $473 billion, Walmart employs approximately 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.