Store brings approximately 90 new jobs, new store format to the state
MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis., Oct. 17, 2012 – Menomonee Falls first Walmart Neighborhood Market will open Wednesday, Oct. 24, providing residents a convenient location to pick up all their grocery needs, including fresh produce. The new store is located at N. 88 W. 15559 Main St.
Walmart Neighborhood Market Format
Walmart Neighborhood Market, first opened in 1998, operates close to 200 stores across the country. The store format is designed to provide quick and convenient shopping for groceries, pharmacy items and general merchandise.
New Menomonee Falls Store
The new Menomonee Falls Walmart Neighborhood Market features a self-serve deli, a wide variety of locally grown fruits and vegetables, as well as meats, cheeses and prepared foods. In addition to fresh produce and bakery items, the store will carry a full line of groceries, including frozen foods, meat and dairy products, and organic items.
Shoppers will also appreciate the convenience of the store’s pharmacy, along with a full selection of health-related products and a health and beauty area. Additional areas include baby supplies, household items, stationery, paper goods, pet products, hardware items and a Celebration Station, where customers can buy gift wrap and gift bags, greeting cards and party supplies. Customers can also print their own digital photos at the store. The store will be open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week.
The store will offer Site-to-Store services, a regular feature at Walmart stores. Site-to-Store is a free service that allows customers to ship online orders from www.walmart.com free to any Walmart store for pickup.
All Walmart stores and Neighborhood Markets participate in the Pay with Cash program. This allows customers to order online at www.walmart.com and pay for the items with cash at all stores in the U.S. Walmart is the first major retailer to offer online purchases without the need for banking services or a credit, debit or prepaid card.
Opening Creates Approximately 90 Jobs
Approximately 90 part- and full-time jobs were created by the store’s opening. Store manager Sharna Sinjakovic is originally from Hawaii and served in the Army working on Apache helicopters. She began her Walmart career in 2001 as an hourly associate at a store in West Bend, Wis. Last year, Walmart promoted more than 161,000 associates, and nearly 75 percent of store management teams started out in hourly positions.
“We are proud to be opening during the year that Walmart celebrates the 50th anniversary of its first store opening,” said Sinjakovic. “We look forward to serving the people of our community, helping save them money so they can live better.”
Ribbon-Cutting Celebration 7:30 a.m., Oct. 24
Store associates will host a grand-opening celebration at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24. Store associates and local dignitaries will participate in a brief ceremony, followed by a ribbon cutting. Doors to the new store will be opened to the public at 8 a.m. Special events on grand-opening day, and continuing throughout the weekend, includes character appearances, product giveaways and samplings from Pepsi and Frito Lay. All events are family-friendly, free and open to the public.
Community Groups Benefit from Grand-Opening Grants
As part of the grand-opening celebration, a total of $8,000 in grants from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation will be presented to local community groups. Additional funds will be available throughout the year for local organizations that serve the community and impact causes Walmart customers care about like economic empowerment, healthier foods and sustainability. Interested groups can visit foundation.walmart.com for more information.
Healthier Food and “Great For You”
Walmart made a major commitment to make food healthier and healthier food more affordable, ensuring families won’t have to choose between a product that is good for them and one they can afford. Steps in the healthier food initiative include:
- Reformulate thousands of packaged food items by 2015 by reducing sodium and added sugars and removing all remaining industrially produced trans fats.
- Make healthier choices more affordable by providing savings on fresh produce and reducing the price premium on “better-for-you” items.
- Provide solutions to address food deserts by bringing stores in underserved communities.
- Increase charitable support for nutrition programs that help educate consumers about healthier food solutions and choices.
The “Great For You” icon appears on select Great Value and Marketside products as well as fresh and packaged fruits and vegetables. The icon was developed to help customers easily identify nutritious food options so they can make healthier eating choices for themselves and their families. For more information, visit corporate.walmart.com/healthier-food.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) serves customers and members more than 200 million times per week at over 10,300 retail units under 69 different banners in 27 countries. With fiscal year 2012 sales of $444 billion, Walmart employs 2.2 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/walmartnewsroom . Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com .