Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. : Hilton Head Walmart Improves Shopping Experience with Expansion
06/04/2012| 06:22pm US/Eastern
Expanded store features full line of groceries, new
HILTON HEAD, S.C., June 4, 2012 - The wait is over for
residents and tourists in Hilton Head eager to see their
Walmart at 25 Pembroke Drive bring savings on a full line of
groceries and a wide assortment of new products and services.
The store will unveil the new expansion to customers at 7:30
a.m., Wednesday, June 13, after a brief ribbon-cutting
"We have a loyal customer base and some have been shopping
here since our original opening," said store manager Dan
Gaddy. "We think they'll love the new, easy-to-shop layout of
the store and appreciate the savings we offer on the products
"Walmart's expansion in Hilton Head furthers a partnership
that benefits both the town and our local shoppers," said
Hilton Head Mayor Drew Laughlin. "The additional selection
and low prices are important in these tough economic times,
and the new jobs created are a welcome addition to the area."
New Layout Improves Customer Experience
The Hilton Head Walmart features a new layout and updated
design. In recent months, Walmart has taken major steps to
refresh its stores, merchandise and customer experience. The
improvements have all come together in the company's newest
stores with faster service, a friendlier shopping experience
and cleaner stores.
"The layout of the store is easy to navigate, which will save
customers time as they shop for everyday necessities at our
unbeatable prices," said Gaddy. "By grouping the products
that our customers most often purchase, we are making
one-stop shopping even easier."
The new layout creates an open shopping environment with
wider aisles. Lower shelving throughout the store creates an
improved sightline, and directional signage on every aisle
helps customers find what they are looking for quickly.
Expanded Walmart Adds 85 New Jobs
The store plans to employ approximately 300 associates,
including approximately 85 positions created by the
"Joining Walmart was a great career decision for me, as it
has been for so many of my fellow associates," Gaddy said. "I
am proud to work for this company where there are unlimited
opportunities and to bring those opportunities to our
community and neighbors."
Store Design Incorporates Environmentally Friendly Features
The Hilton Head store, like all new Walmart stores, includes
energy-efficient technology and environmentally friendly
features to reduce energy and water consumption and minimize
waste. LED lighting throughout the store, as well as in the
parking lot, operates 70 percent more efficiently than
traditional fluorescent lighting. Low-flow toilets and
faucets reduce the water used in the bathrooms.
Community Organizations Benefit from Grand-Opening Grants
The store is continuing its support of the community by
giving grants from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation to
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Hilton Head Walmart
Location: 25 Pembroke Drive, Hilton Head, S.C.
148,422 square-foot Walmart
Store opens Wednesday, June 13, following a brief
ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7:30 a.m.
Store manager: Dan Gaddy
Open seven days a week, from 6 a.m.-11 p.m.
Full line of groceries, including a bakery, a deli serving
fresh food and meal solutions for moms, meat and dairy
products, fresh produce, and a full liquor department
including chilled beer and an expanded wine selection
More than 30 merchandise departments such as apparel and
accessories, a garden center, health and beauty aids, and
an expanded electronics department
Convenience services include a pharmacy, digital photo
processing center and Walmart Connect Center
Leased areas and services include a Blimpie restaurant and
a souvenir shop
Grants from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation will be
distributed to local organizations
Store plans to employ approximately 300 associates,
including approximately 85 positions added by the
The average wage at Walmart for full-time hourly associates
in South Carolina is approximately $12.50 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