Walmart Brings New Shopping Experience to St. Petersburg Shoppers

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

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., July 6, 2011 – A new Walmart opens this month in St. Petersburg, bringing 300 new jobs, savings for local shoppers and an increase in tax revenue to support the area’s economy. Nonprofit organizations will also benefit from the retailer’s ongoing charitable contributions and support for community projects. The Walmart, located at 201 34th St. N., just off Central Avenue, will be open to customers at 8 a.m., Wednesday, July 20.

Economic Impact Includes 300 New Jobs

The new St. Petersburg Walmart will employ approximately 300 associates, according to store manager Kody Daley. Daley began his Walmart career in 1999 as a cashier at a store in Branson, Mo. One associate has worked for Walmart for 25 years and comes from a nearby store.

Store Designed to Improve Customer Experience

In recent months, Walmart has taken major steps to refresh its stores, merchandising and customer experience. The improvements have all come together in the company’s newest stores, such as the St. Petersburg Walmart, with fast service, a friendly shopping experience and clean stores.

The new Walmart features enhanced service and a layout designed to make the shopping experience more convenient for customers. Walmart aligned the departments that customers shop most frequently. The pharmacy, for example, is adjacent to food making it easier for customers to pick up their prescriptions while shopping for their groceries.

“The layout of the store is easy to navigate, which will save our customers time as they shop for everyday necessities,” said Daley. “By grouping the products that our customers most often purchase, including health and beauty and pet supplies, we are making one-stop shopping even easier.”

A bright interior color palette creates an inviting shopping experience and helps define the store’s merchandise areas. Lower shelving creates an improved sightline and directional signage on every aisle helps customers find what they are looking for quickly. Walmart also combined the customer service desk, Site-to-Store pick-up location and photo lab in one area near the entrance. Customers now have easy access to these services, as well as associates on hand to help meet their needs.

Community Organizations Benefit from Grand-Opening Grants

As part of Walmart’s commitment to the communities in which it operates, $13,000 in grants from the Walmart Foundation will be presented during the grand-opening celebration. Grant recipients include Pinellas County Center for the Arts/Gibbs High School, Boys and Girls Club of the Suncoast, Inc., Bethel Community Christian School, Pasadena Fundamental Elementary School, Pinellas County Urban League, Pinellas County African American History Museum, CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse, Inc.) and St. Petersburg Fire Rescue.

Store Design Incorporates Environmentally Friendly Features

The St. Petersburg Walmart, like all new Walmart stores, includes energy-efficient technology and environmentally friendly features to reduce energy and water consumption and minimize waste. The store’s skylights harvest daylight and reduce the amount of energy required to light the store by up to 75 percent daily. LED lighting in the store operates 70 percent more efficiently than traditional fluorescent lighting.

The cement used in the concrete flooring is made with recycled materials, and the floor’s finish reduces the need for chemical cleaners. Low-flow toilets and faucets reduce the water used in the bathrooms. The new store also operates a recycling program that includes organic composting and will promote sustainable product purchases.

Ribbon-Cutting Celebration 7:30 a.m., July 20

Community and business leaders will join Walmart associates at 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 20 for a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony. A store associate, Shawn Fuller, will perform the national anthem, and members of a local chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars will present the colors. Mayor Bill Foster, along with Daley and store associates, will cut the ribbon to the new store.

About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) serves customers and members more than 200 million times per week at more than 9,000 retail units under 60 different banners in 15 countries. With fiscal year 2011 sales of $419 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 www.walmartstores.com, on Twitter at http://Twitter.com/Walmart, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/walmart. Online merchandise sales are available at www.walmart.com and www.samsclub.com.

FACT SHEET
St. Petersburg Walmart

Store facts

  • Location: 201 34th St. N., St. Petersburg, Fla.
  • 107,000 square-foot Walmart
  • Store opens at 8 a.m., Wednesday, July 20, following a 7:30 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony
  • Store manager: Kody Daley
  • Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week

Store features

  • Full line of groceries, including a bakery, a deli serving fresh food and meal solutions for moms, meat and dairy products, fresh produce, and beer and wine
  • More than 30 merchandise departments such as apparel and accessories, a garden center, health and beauty aids, and an expanded electronics department
  • Convenience services include a pharmacy, digital photo processing center and Walmart Connect Center

Charitable giving

$13,000 in grants from the Walmart Foundation to the following area organizations:

  • Pinellas County Center for the Arts/Gibbs High School
  • Boys and Girls Club of the Suncoast, Inc.
  • Bethel Community Christian School
  • Pasadena Fundamental Elementary School
  • Pinellas County Urban League
  • Pinellas County African American History Museum
  • CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse, Inc.)
  • St. Petersburg Fire Rescue

Employment

  • Store plans to employ approximately 300 associates
  • The average wage at Walmart for full-time hourly associates in Florida is approximately $12.23 per hour*
  • Walmart’s benefit program is available to eligible full- and part-time associates and provides a variety of affordable health and well-being benefits including medical insurance with no lifetime maximum. Walmart also offers matching 401(k) contributions of up to 6 percent of pay, discounts on general merchandise for store associates, a Sam’s Club membership for club associates, an Associate Stock Purchase Program and company-paid life insurance. Additionally, eligible associates receive an annual incentive based on the company performance.

* Average wage taken June 2011. See www.walmartstores.com for details.