New Walmart provides 285 jobs, plus savings on wide
selection of merchandise
BRADENTON, Fla., March 29, 2012 - A new Walmart opens next
month in Bradenton, bringing 285 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 Lakewood Ranch Walmart, located at
5810 Ranch Lake Blvd., will be open to customers at 7:30
a.m., Wednesday, April 11.
Economic Impact Includes 285 New Jobs
The new Lakewood Ranch Walmart will employ approximately 285
associates, according to store manager Glen Goodfellow.
Goodfellow began his Walmart career in1998 as a cart pusher
at a store in Venice, Fla. Several associates have worked for
Walmart for more than 10 years and come from nearby stores.
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 Lakewood Ranch 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 needs.
"The layout of the store is easy to navigate, which will save
our customers time as they shop for everyday necessities,"
said Goodfellow. "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
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 their needs.
Community Organizations Benefit from Grants
As part of Walmart's commitment to the communities in which
it operates, grants from the Walmart
Foundation will be presented during the grand-opening
celebration and throughout the year. Organizations receiving
grants during the grand opening all provide support to the
Store Design Incorporates Environmentally Friendly Features
The Lakewood Ranch 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
Ribbon-Cutting Celebration 7 a.m., April 11
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
Community and business leaders will join Walmart associates
at 7 a.m., Wednesday, April 11, for a brief ribbon-cutting
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) serves customers and
members more than 200 million times per week at over 10,000
retail units under 69 different banners in 27 countries. With
fiscal year 2012 sales of approximately $444 billion, Walmart
employs 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://walmartstores.com, and
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
Lakewood Ranch Walmart
Location: 5810 Ranch Lake Blvd., Bradenton, Fla.
96,000 square-foot Walmart
Store opens at 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 11, following a
7 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony
Store manager: Glen Goodfellow
Open 24 hours a day, 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 beer and wine
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 drive-thru
pharmacy, digital photo processing center and Walmart
Store plans to employ approximately 285 associates
The average wage at Walmart for full-time hourly associates
in Florida is approximately $12.47 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.
This press release was issued by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and was initially posted at http://walmartstores.com/pressroom/news/10857.aspx . It was distributed, unedited and unaltered, by noodls on 2012-03-29 17:56:12 PM. The issuer is solely responsible for the accuracy of the information contained therein.