Newport Walmart Unveils New Design
Expanded store features full line of groceries
NEWPORT, Ore., Aug. 1, 2012 – The wait is over for residents of Newport eager to see their Walmart at
160 N.W. 25th St., bring savings on a full line of groceries and a wide assortment of new products and services. The store will unveil the new expansion to customers at 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 1, after a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony.
“We have a loyal customer base and some have been shopping here since our original opening,” said store manager Stacy Mitchell. “We think they will love the new, easy-to-shop layout of the store and appreciate the savings we offer on the products they need.”
New Layout Improves Customer Experience
The Newport Walmart features a new layout and updated design. In recent months, Walmart has taken major steps to refresh its stores, merchandise and customer experience. The improvements have all come together in the company’s newest stores with faster service, a friendlier shopping experience and cleaner stores.
“The layout of the store is easy to navigate, which will save customers time as they shop for everyday necessities at our unbeatable prices,” said Mitchell. “By grouping the products that our customers most often purchase, we are making one-stop shopping even easier.”
The new layout creates an open shopping environment with wider aisles. Lower shelving throughout the store creates an improved sightline, and directional signage on every aisle helps customers find what they are looking for quickly.
Expanded Walmart Adds 50 New Jobs
The store plans to employ approximately 240 associates, including approximately 50 positions created by the expansion.
Store Design Incorporates Environmentally Friendly Features
The Newport store, like all new Walmart stores, includes energy-efficient technology and environmentally friendly features to reduce energy and water consumption and minimize waste. LED lighting throughout the store, as well as in the parking lot, operates 70 percent more efficiently than traditional fluorescent lighting. Low-flow toilets and faucets reduce the water used in the bathrooms.
Community Organizations Benefit from Grand-Opening Grants
The store is continuing its support of the community by giving $10,000 in grants from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation to local organizations. Recipients include My Sisters’ Place, Food Share of Lincoln County, Central Coast Humane Society, the Oregon State Police Shop With a Cop Program, Operation Snackpacks, Relay for Life and the Sheriff’s Mounted Posse.
Ribbon-Cutting Celebration 7:30 a.m., Aug. 1
Local community and business leaders will join Mitchell and Walmart associates for a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 1. Ben Crane will offer an invocation.
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- Location: 160 N.W. 25th St., Newport, Ore.
- 106,065 square-foot Walmart
- Store opens Wednesday, Aug. 1, following a 7:30 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony
- Store manager: Stacy Mitchell
- Open 24 hours, seven days a week
- Full line of groceries, including a bakery, a deli serving fresh food and meal solutions for moms, meat and dairy products, fresh produce, and a full liquor department, including chilled beer and an expanded wine selection
- 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
- Leased areas and services include a Subway restaurant
- $10,000 in grants from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation will be distributed to the following local organizations:
- My Sisters’ Place
- Food Share of Lincoln County
- Central Coast Humane Society
- The Oregon State Police Shop With a Cop Program
- Operation Snackpacks
- Relay for Life
- The Sheriff’s Mounted Posse
- Store plans to employ approximately 240 associates, including approximately 50 positions added by the expansion.
- The average wage at Walmart for full-time hourly associates in Oregon is approximately $12.99 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, an Associate Stock Purchase Program and company-paid life insurance. Additionally, eligible associates receive a quarterly incentive based on store performance.
* Average wage taken April 2012. See www.walmartstores.com for details.