Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. : Bridgeton Welcomes New Walmart
07/11/2012| 03:25pm US/Eastern
Newly relocated Walmart provides 85 new jobs, $7,000 in
BRIDGETON, Mo., July 10, 2012 - A new Walmart opens next week
in Bridgeton, bringing 85 new jobs, savings for local
shoppers and an increase in tax revenue to support the area's
economy. Nonprofit organizations will also benefit from the
retailer's ongoing charitable contributions and support for
community projects. The new Walmart, located at 11900 St.
Charles Rock Road, will open Friday, July 13.
"Walmart has always been a great citizen and supporter of the
City of Bridgeton and will continue to be," said Bridgeton
Mayor Conrad W. Bowers. "This new store is so great for our
Economic Impact Includes 85 New Jobs
The relocated Bridgeton Walmart will employ approximately 300
associates, according to store manager Joyce Mobley,
including 85 positions created by the relocation. Several
associates have worked for Walmart for more than 10 years and
are transferring from nearby stores in Chesterfield and
Richmond Heights, among others.
"Walmart provides job opportunities and career choices for
everyone from seniors looking for supplemental income to
young people wanting to gain work experience," Mobley said.
She started her career with Walmart in 1991 as an hourly
associate in Washington, Mo. She has been manager of the St.
Charles Rock Road Walmart for one and a half years.
Store Designed to Improve Customer Experience
In recent months, Walmart has taken major steps to refresh
its stores, merchandising and customer experience. The
improvements have all come together in the company's newest
stores, such as the Bridgeton Walmart, with fast service, a
friendly shopping experience and clean stores.
The new Walmart features enhanced service and a layout
designed to make the shopping experience more convenient for
customers. Walmart aligned the departments that customers
shop most frequently. The pharmacy, for example, is adjacent
to health and beauty making it easier for customers to pick
up their prescriptions while shopping for their everyday
"The layout of the store is easy to navigate, which will save
our customers time as they shop for everyday necessities,"
said Mobley. "By grouping the products that our customers
most often purchase, including health and beauty and pet
supplies, we are making one-stop shopping even easier."
A bright interior color palette creates an inviting shopping
experience and helps define the store's merchandise areas.
Lower shelving creates an improved sightline, and directional
signage on every aisle helps customers find what they are
looking for quickly. Walmart also combined the customer
service desk and the Site-to-Store pick-up location in one
area near the entrance. Customers now have easy access to
these services, as well as associates on hand to help meet
Store Design Incorporates Environmentally Friendly Features
The Bridgeton Walmart, like all new Walmart stores, includes
energy-efficient technology and environmentally friendly
features to reduce energy and water consumption and minimize
waste. The store's skylights harvest daylight and reduce the
amount of energy required to light the store by up to 75
percent daily. LED lighting in the store operates 70 percent
more efficiently than traditional fluorescent lighting.
The cement used in the concrete flooring is made with
recycled materials, and the floor's finish reduces the need
for chemical cleaners. Low-flow toilets and faucets reduce
the water used in the bathrooms. The new store also operates
a recycling program and will promote sustainable product
Ribbon-Cutting Celebration 7 a.m., July 13
Bowers, Bridgeton Police Chief Donald Hood and other city
leaders will join Mobley and store associates at 7 a.m.,
Friday, July 13, for a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Representatives of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3944 will
present the colors during the grand-opening ceremony, and the
Pattonville High School band will perform the national
anthem. Mobley and representatives from the Northwest Chamber
of Commerce will cut the ribbon to signify the opening of the
Community Organizations Benefit from Grand-Opening Grants
As part of Walmart's commitment to the communities in which
it operates, the store will present $7,000 in grants from
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation to local organizations
during the grand-opening celebration, including a $5,000
grant to BackStoppers.
"This is just one example of what Walmart does on a daily
basis, helping our community and supporting our city," said
Mayor Bowers. "Walmart has been a part of our city and a
benefit to the larger metro community for a long time. We
look forward to Walmart being a part of our city in a bigger
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) serves customers and
members more than 200 million times per week at more than
10,130 retail units under 69 different banners in 27
countries. With fiscal year 2012 sales of approximately $444
billion, Walmart employs more than 2 million associates
worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in
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Location: 11900 St. Charles Rock Road, Bridgeton, Mo.
146,000 square-foot Walmart
Store opens Friday, July 13, following a 7 a.m.
Store manager: Joyce Mobley
Open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week
Full line of groceries, including a bakery, a deli with
meal solutions for moms, meat and dairy products, fresh
produce and liquor sales
More than 30 merchandise departments such as apparel and
accessories, a garden center, fabrics, health and beauty
aids, and an expanded electronics department
Convenience services include a pharmacy with two drive-thru
lanes, digital photo processing center, a Walmart Connect
Center and a Walmart MoneyCenter
Store plans to employ approximately 300 associates,
including 85 positions created by the relocation.
The average wage at Walmart for full-time hourly associates
in Missouri is approximately $12.43 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