Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. : Lawrenceville Welcomes Georgia's First Walmart Neighborhood Market
06/13/2012| 04:48pm US/Eastern
Store brings more than 80 new jobs and new store format
to the state
ATLANTA, June 13, 2012 - Walmart's newest Walmart
Neighborhood Market will open June 20 in Lawrenceville,
providing residents a convenient location to pick up all
their grocery needs, including fresh produce. Located at 3059
Lawrenceville Highway, the store occupies a former Publix
location in the Bethesda Walk shopping center. The new store
is the first Walmart Neighborhood Market to open in Georgia.
"It's my pleasure to welcome Walmart Neighborhood Market to
the Lawrenceville area," said Gwinnett County Commissioner
Charlotte Nash. "As both a redevelopment project and business
that brings 80 job opportunities to the community, this is
another big win for Gwinnett County."
New Store Features
The first Walmart Neighborhood Market opened in 1998 in
Bentonville, Ark. The store format is designed to provide
quick and convenient shopping for groceries, pharmacy items
and general merchandise. The Lawrenceville store is one of
eight Walmart Neighborhood Markets opening in June
nationwide, bringing the total number of this type of Walmart
store to nearly 200.
The 44,000-square-foot Lawrenceville store is located in the
Bethesda Walk shopping center, with convenient access along
the Gwinnett County Transit bus route. It features a
self-serve deli, a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, as
well as meats, cheeses and prepared foods. In addition to the
fresh produce and bakery items, the store will carry a full
line of groceries, including frozen foods, meat and dairy
products, and organic items.
Shoppers will also appreciate the convenience of the store's
pharmacy, along with a full selection of health-related
products and a health and beauty area. Additional areas
include stationery, paper goods, pet products, hardware items
and a Celebration Station, where customers can buy gift wrap
and gift bags, greeting cards and party supplies. Customers
can also print their own digital photos at the stores, which
will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The store will offer Site-to-Store services, a regular
feature at other Walmart stores, but not typical for a
Walmart Neighborhood Market.
Site-to-Store is a free service that allows customers to
ship online orders from www.walmart.com
free to any Walmart store for pickup.
All Walmart stores and Neighborhood Markets participate in
the Pay with Cash program. This allows customers to order
online at www.walmart.com
and pay for the items with cash at all stores in the U.S.
Walmart is the first major retailer to offer online purchases
without the need for banking services or a credit, debit or
Community Groups Benefit from Grand-Opening Grants
As part of the grand-opening celebration, $10,000 in grants
from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation will be presented to
local community groups. Additional funds will be available
throughout the year for local organizations that serve the
community. Interested groups can visit
walmartstores.com/communitygiving for more information.
Ribbon-Cutting Celebration 7 a.m., June 20
The store will host a grand-opening celebration at 7 a.m.,
Wednesday, June 20. Store associates and local dignitaries
will participate in a brief ceremony, followed by a
ribbon-cutting where doors to the new store will be opened to
the public at 7:45 a.m. Marlon Green will perform the
national anthem and John Whatley, pastor of the Bethesda
United Methodist Church, will lead the invocation. Special
events on grand-opening day, and continuing through the
weekend, include character appearances, product giveaways and
samplings, and other events.
Opening Creates Approximately 80 Jobs
Approximately 80 part- and full-time jobs were created by the
store's opening. Store manager Greg Toler is a native of
Dublin, Ga. and has worked for Walmart since 2000.
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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Lawrenceville Neighborhood Market
Location: 3059 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, Ga.
44,000-square-foot Walmart Neighborhood Market
Store opens at 7:45 a.m., Wednesday, June 20, following a 7
a.m., ribbon-cutting ceremony
Store manager: Greg Toler
24 hours a day, seven days a week
Full line of groceries, including a bakery, self-serve
deli, meat and dairy products, fresh produce, frozen foods
and organic items
Additional merchandise includes health and beauty aids, pet
and cleaning products, hardware and stationery.
Convenience services include a pharmacy, digital photo
processing center, Walmart Site-to-Store and Pay With Cash.
$10,000 in grants from the Walmart Foundation to local
Store will employ approximately 80 associates.
Nearly 75 percent of Walmart store management teams began
their careers as hourly associates.
The average wage at Walmart for full-time hourly associates
in Georgia is approximately $12.56 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