The new Walmart Neighborhood Market in Palm Harbor will open to the community Wednesday, Sept. 30, bringing a broad assortment of fresh, affordable groceries at Walmart’s everyday low prices. Customers will also enjoy the convenience of on-site services such as a full pharmacy and a free store pickup service providing an easy way to shop millions of products on Walmart.com. The new store will employ up to 95 full- and part-time associates.
“We are proud to be a part of the Palm Harbor community,” said store manager Roma Vesselov. “We look forward to opening and providing area residents with Walmart’s everyday low prices especially on game time and tailgating favorites as we are in the full swing of football season.”
Fresh, Affordable Produce, Meat and Groceries
The store offers fresh produce and meat, pantry staples and a full line of groceries from leading brands.
In addition to organics and nutritious food choices, customers will also find a full-service deli and in-store bakery, as well as a liquor store.
The Neighborhood Market includes a pharmacy with a full range of products, immunizations and services and Walmart pharmacists ready to assist customers with product and prescription questions. Palm Harbor residents can easily transfer prescriptions and order refills on the go with the Walmart mobile app.
Millions of Items with Seamless Digital and In-Store Shopping
The store is approximately 47,000 square feet and offers a wide assortment of products to meet the needs of Palm Harbor residents. Customers will find health and beauty aids, pet products and cleaning supplies. Shopping is more convenient than ever as Palm Harbor residents can shop seven million items on Walmart.com, many of which can be shipped for free to any Walmart store through Walmart Pickup.
The Walmart mobile app for iPhone and Android makes shopping easier than ever. Customers can refill prescription medications, create shopping lists, search the location of items in their store, check weekly ads and prices, save eReceipts and shop Walmart.com through the app.
Job Opportunities at Walmart
The store will employ up to 95 associates for full- and part-time positions within the store. Applicants interested in careers at Walmart can apply at a store’s hiring kiosk or online at Walmartcareers.com. Vesselov began his Walmart career in 2001 as an overnight maintenance associate at a store in St. Petersburg.
At Walmart, more than 75 percent of store management teams started as hourly associates. In 2014, 160,000 associates were promoted, and 40 percent of those promotions went to associates within the first year of their employment. Earlier this year Walmart announced it would be making more than a $1B investment in higher wages and training and other enhancements for its associates.
“Walmart has been a great community partner, and we’re excited to welcome a new Neighborhood Market to Palm Harbor,” said State Representative James Grant. “This store already has had a positive impact on our community with the creation of approximately 95 jobs and several grants being awarded to local nonprofits. We’re looking forward to the opening and the convenient, affordable option for grocery shopping it will bring.”
The grand-opening celebration includes presentations of $5,500 in grants from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation to local community groups including Eckerd Community Alternatives, Homeless Emergency Project, Lighthouse of Pinellas, The Chapel of Pinellas, The Tarpon Springs Shepherd Center, and YMCA of Suncoast. The new store will also continue a commitment by Walmart and the Walmart Foundation to fight hunger in Palm Harbor and across the U.S. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation recently exceeded a $2 billion goal to fight hunger one year ahead of schedule and have donated more than 1.5 billion pounds of food to those in need across the country.
Two Celebration Events: Grand Opening and A Big Family Welcome
Local associates will provide a special welcome to members of Palm Harbor at two public events. Store associates will host a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony on grand opening day, September 30, at 7:30 a.m. The following Saturday, Oct. 3, local residents are invited to A Big Family Welcome, which will give customers a chance to meet Vesselov and enjoy fun family activities and free food samples while supplies last. Join the celebration from noon to 3 p.m.
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, we serve nearly 260 million customers who visit our 11,532 stores under 65 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2015 revenue of $486 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 http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart. Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com.