Walmart Neighborhood Market Coming to Hawthorne

Brings about 65 jobs, affordable healthy grocery choices, and economic development to area

HAWTHORNE, Calif., Mar. 29, 2013 – Today, Walmart announced plans for a new Neighborhood Market in Hawthorne. Considered a small format and designed for customer convenience, the store will offer a full supermarket line of fresh, affordable groceries, as well as some household products, pet supplies and pharmacy services.

"I’m pleased to see that Walmart is coming into our city, creating jobs, and opening their doors in Hawthorne – we appreciate good corporate neighbors and look forward to a great partnership with them,” said Mayor Danny Juarez. “The new Walmart Neighborhood Market will hire about 65 and will bring viable tax revenue to our city so we can enhance our public services.”

The new Neighborhood Market in Hawthorne is approximately 30,000 square feet and located at 14441 Inglewood Avenue, at the corner of Rosecrans Avenue and Inglewood Avenue. The space has been long vacant but was previously occupied by a grocery store. The store is expected to open late summer 2013.

"As someone who cares greatly about the economy of our city, I am pleased about the opportunities for our residents and the business community that have been created by this new Neighborhood Market in Hawthorne,” said Jerry Flory, long-time Hawthorne business owner. “Walmart is rebuilding and revitalizing a space that has been empty and unproductive for about 7 years. I look forward to Walmart joining our community – they will bring in jobs, more foot traffic for other local businesses, and revenue for the City. I look forward to Walmart’s participation in our community over the coming years.”

Walmart has been a longtime, proud partner of many South Bay area organizations including the Boys and Girls Club of the South Bay, Torrance-Lomita Meals on Wheels, The Scott Newman Center, Community’s Child and Arnold Elementary School, among others. The new Hawthorne Neighborhood Market, like all other Walmart stores, plans to give back each year to local non-profit and community organizations. More information about Walmart’s community giving program can be found at www.foundation.walmart.com.

The Walmart Neighborhood Market will bring additional economic activity to the area and will increase foot-traffic for neighboring businesses. The store is expected to serve Hawthorne residents as well as customers from Lawndale, Gardena, Lennox, Inglewood, Manhattan Beach, and El Segundo.

The Hawthorne Walmart Neighborhood Market will include energy-efficient technology and environmentally friendly features to reduce energy and water consumption and minimize waste. Features often include LED lighting used in exterior signage and refrigeration cases, an energy management system for adjusting energy usage and one of the industry’s most efficient heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) units available. 

The general contractor for the project is Austin Jones Corp., based out of Los Alamitos, and the remodel and construction of the store is expected to support about 50 contract construction jobs.

Both full- and part-time hourly employment opportunities as well as supervisorial positions will be available. The average wage for full-time, hourly Associates in California is $12.93.* In addition to competitive pay and an opportunity to build a career, Walmart offers associates a comprehensive benefits package to eligible Associates that includes affordable health insurance with a plan starting at $17 per pay period, company-matched 401(k), and an Associate Discount Card among other benefits.

Walmart will open a temporary hiring center near the store in the coming weeks. The hiring center will facilitate the interview process as well as feature online kiosks to access the job applications. Job seekers should also visit www.careers.walmart.com to learn more about the positions available at this store. 

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 200 million customers and members visit our more than 10,700 stores under 69 banners in 27 countries and e-commerce websites in 10 countries. With fiscal year 2013 sales of approximately $466 billion, Walmart employs more than 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. 

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