Walmart Brings Jobs and Grocery Options to Independence

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Walmart Neighborhood Market brings more convenience, local fresh food favorites and employment opportunities to the community

  • New Walmart Neighborhood Market located at 3411 S. Noland Road
  • Up to 95 jobs created by Independence Walmart Neighborhood Market
  • Store open 24 hours a day, seven days a week
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INDEPENDENCE, Mo., Aug. 20, 2014 – A new Walmart Neighborhood Market is opening Wednesday, August 20, following a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8 a.m. The new store is conveniently located at 3411 S. Noland Road and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The store will provide Independence residents with low prices on a broad assortment of merchandise and offer Walmart's free Site to Store program, enabling customers to choose from nearly a million additional online items that can be ordered on Walmart.com and picked up at the Independence store for free, often as quickly as the same day. 

The new Independence store is part of Walmart’s plan to open an additional 270 to 300 small-format locations this year. The first Walmart Neighborhood Market opened in 1998, and today there are approximately 300 Walmart Neighborhood Market stores nationwide.

The new store will provide local customers with a new, convenient option for their grocery shopping needs, including fresh produce and pharmacy services.

“Walmart is excited to bring a convenient shopping option to the Independence community,” said store manager Aaron Dyer. “With school starting back up, shopping can get a little hectic so if this new store can help ease that process, that’s great.” 

Affordable Groceries to Meet Your Needs

The new store offers fresh produce and a full line of groceries from all the leading brand names, including organic and natural selections. Stop by the new store to purchase from a variety of local favorites for back-to-school lunches.

Smaller Store, More Convenience

The new store is approximately one-quarter the size of a Walmart Supercenter. In addition to groceries, the store features health and beauty aids, pet products and cleaning supplies. In addition, customers can shop a broader assortment of items online at Walmart.com and then pay for these purchases with cash in all of Walmart U.S. stores and Walmart Neighborhood Markets, including the new Independence store.

The pharmacy offers a full range of products and services. Pharmacy team members can answer product and prescription questions and customers can ask about health and wellness solutions.  Independence residents can easily transfer prescriptions and order refills on the go with the Walmart mobile app for iPhone and Android.

New Store, New Jobs

The new store employs up to 95 full- and part-time associates. Dyer began his Walmart career in 1997 as an hourly cart pusher.

“Walmart as an entity is already very important to and active in Independence,” said Franklin Kimbrough, president of the Independence Chamber of Commerce. “We are very excited about this particular location because it is bringing traffic and business to an area that was formerly devoid of activity.”   

Community Giving

The grand-opening celebration includes presentations of $4,000 in grants from Walmart to local community groups. Recipients of grants include Truman High School and Sycamore Hills Elementary School.

In addition to the grants given as part of the grand opening, the new store will further Walmart’s pledge to fight hunger in America. As part of Walmart’s and the Walmart Foundation’s $2 billion commitment to fight hunger through 2015, Walmart stores in Missouri donated approximately 23.7 million pounds of food, in fiscal year 2014, or the equivalent of 19.7 million meals. Additionally, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $43.2 million in fiscal year 2014 in Missouri alone. For more information on Walmart’s fight against hunger, visit http://foundation.walmart.com/our-focus/hunger.

A Big Family Welcome

Walmart is happy to be part of the Independence community and is ready to celebrate with residents on Saturday, August 23. A Big Family Welcome will give customers a chance to meet Dyer and enjoy fun family activities such as face painting, cupcake decorating and free food samples while supplies last. Join the celebration from noon to 3 p.m.  

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 245 million customers and members visit our almost 11,000 stores under 71 banners in 27 countries and ecommerce websites in 10 countries. With fiscal year 2014 sales of over $473 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  and on Twitter at . Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com.  

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