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Walmart Brings Convenience, Affordable Grocery Options and New Jobs to Independence

Walmart Neighborhood Market offers local fresh food favorites and delivers employment opportunities to the community

  • New Walmart Neighborhood Market located 515 3rd St. 
  • Approximately 30 jobs created by Independence Walmart Neighborhood Market
  • Store open Monday through Saturday 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Local Facebook page: www.facebook.com/walmart4647

INDEPENDENCE, La., June 17, 2015 – A new Walmart Neighborhood Market is opening Wednesday, June 24, following a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7:30 a.m. The new store is conveniently located at 515 3rd St. and is open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. The store will provide Independence residents with low prices on a broad assortment of merchandise including fresh produce and meats, frozen foods, groceries, fuel and pharmacy. 
Customers can shop additional items including toys, electronics and home decor on Walmart.com through Walmart pickup, which will offer free shipping to the Independence Walmart Neighborhood Market. 
“Bringing this new store to Independence is going to have such a positive impact for residents,” said store manager Dewayne Gilmore. “The convenience coupled with the affordability customers have come to appreciate means residents can save money and live better.”

“The town of Independence is excited about the new Walmart Neighborhood Market,” said Mayor Michael Ragusa. “The people of Independence and the surrounding rural areas are really going to support this new business.”

Fresh, Affordable Groceries
The new store offers fresh produce and a full line of groceries from leading brand names, including organic selections. By working with growers Walmart is able to provide farm-grown quality produce at added convenience and low prices. There is also a wide variety of meat and bakery selections. 

The Right Size Store Offering More Convenience
The new store is approximately 12,000 square feet and offers a wide assortment to meet the needs of Independence residents. In addition to groceries, the store features health and beauty aids, pet products and cleaning supplies. Shopping is more convenient than ever as Independence residents can shop an assortment of 7 million items on Walmart.com, many of which can be shipped for free to the new Walmart Neighborhood Market.

The pharmacy offers a full range of products and services and pharmacy team members are ready to assist customers with product and prescription questions. Independence residents can easily transfer prescriptions and order refills on the go with the Walmart mobile app for iPhone and Android. 

New Store, New Jobs for Independence
The new store employs approximately 30 full- and part-time associates. Store manager Dewayne Gilmore began his Walmart career in 1995 as a support manager.
Giving Back to Independence
The grand-opening celebration includes presentations of grants from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation to local community groups. 

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 Louisiana donated approximately 12.9 million pounds of food, in fiscal year 2014, or the equivalent of 10.7 million meals. Additionally, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $24.1 million in fiscal year 2014 in Louisiana 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 Independence community and is ready to celebrate with residents on Saturday, June 27.  A Big Family Welcome will give customers a chance to meet Gilmore and enjoy fun family activities such as face painting, cupcake decorating and free food samples while supplies last. Join the celebration from 11 a.m. 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 11,202 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 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.

Independence Walmart Neighborhood Market

Store facts 

  • Location: 515 3rd St.
  • Size: Approximately 12,000 square feet
  • Store manager: Dewayne Gilmore
  • Hours: Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Grand opening: Wednesday, June 24 following a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7:30 a.m.

Store features

  • Full line of groceries, including: 
    • Fresh produce
    • Baked goods
    • 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
    • Fuel station
    • Walmart pickup

Charitable giving 

  • Grants from Walmart will be presented to area organizations


  • Number of jobs created: Approximately 30 
  • Full- and part-time positions 


A Big Family Welcome

  • Saturday, June 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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