Stephens City Walmart Welcomes Shoppers to New Store

 Store features new layout with bright, open interior design

STEPHENS CITY , Va., Oct. 17, 2011 – A new Walmart opens this month in Stephens City, 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 Maranto Manor Drive, will be open to customers at 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 26.

Economic Impact Includes 300 New Jobs

The new Stephens City Walmart will employ approximately 300 associates, according to store manager Jim Kime. He began his Walmart career in 2002 as an hourly associate at the Walmart store in Hanover, Pa.

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 Stephens City 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 layout of the store is easy to navigate, which will save our customers time as they shop for everyday necessities,” said Kime. “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. Walmart also moved 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, $15,000 in grants from the Walmart Foundation will be presented to the Boys & Girls Club of Shenandoah Valley and Habitat for Humanity.

Ribbon-Cutting Celebration 7:30 a.m., Oct. 26

Community and business leaders will join Walmart associates at 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 26 for a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Boy Scout Troop #2 of Winchester will present the colors and Rev. John Taylor will lead the invocation. Royal Long will perform the national anthem.

About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) serves customers and members more than 200 million times per week at over 9,600 retail units under 69 different banners in 28 countries. With fiscal year 2011 sales of $419 billion, Walmart employs 2.1 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://walmartstores.com 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
Stephens City Walmart

Store facts

  • Location: 201 Maranto Manor Drive, Stephens City, Va.
  • 155,110-square-foot Walmart
  • Store opens Wednesday, Oct. 26, following a 7:30 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony
  • Store manager: Jim Kime
  • Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week

Store features

  • Full line of groceries, including a bakery, a deli, meat and dairy products, and fresh produce
  • More than 30 merchandise departments such as apparel, accessories, health and beauty aids, and electronics
  • Convenience services include a digital photo processing center, a garden center, DaVi Nail Salon, Subway and Smart Style hair salon

Employment

  • Store plans to employ approximately 300 associates
  • The average wage at Walmart for full-time hourly associates in Virginia is approximately $11.84 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.