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Walmart to open new neighborhood market store in South Carolina, US

Published 20 March 2017

Walmart is opening a new Neighborhood Market store in Myrtle Beach in South Carolina, US.

The store— a new prototype for Walmart has been rolled out in a handful of markets nationwide.

The store will feature a broad assortment of fresh and organic produce, gluten free products, local produce in season, and other affordable groceries at Walmart’s everyday low prices. Customers will also enjoy the convenience of on-site services such as a full pharmacy, fuel station and a free store pickup service providing an easy way to shop millions of products on Walmart.com

With updated signage, polished granite floors, lower counter tops in the deli and bakery for easier ordering, wider aisles and made-to-order pizza, the store is different from many other Walmart Neighborhood Markets.

The festivities begin on March 22 with the official grand opening ceremony and continue throughout the weekend. On Saturday, March 25, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, March 26 from noon to 4 p.m. customers can enjoy a variety of family fun activities. Pantene will be on hand from 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. to celebrate the grand opening with free samples of Pantene Daily Moisture Renewal shampoo and Pantene Three Minute Miracle Daily Moisture Renewal.

“We are proud to be a part of the Myrtle Beach community,” said store manager Sherrie Carlisle. “We look forward to opening and providing area residents with Walmart’s everyday low prices.”

Fresh, Affordable Produce, Meat and Groceries

The store offers fresh produce and meat, pantry staples and a full line of groceries from leading brands.

In addition to organics and nutritious food choices, customers will also find a full-service deli and in-store bakery offering personalized cakes, fresh baked breads and local produce. The bakery will also offer a new made-to-order pizza oven. Customers can pick out their pizza toppings, and shop while their pizza cooks or take it home and cook in their own oven.

Full Service Pharmacy

The Neighborhood Market includes a pharmacy with a full range of products, immunizations and services and Walmart pharmacists ready to assist customers with product and prescription questions. Myrtle Beach residents can easily transfer prescriptions and order refills on the go with the Walmart mobile app. A drive thru pharmacy window makes prescription drop off and pick up quick and easy.

Millions of Items with Seamless Digital and In-Store Shopping

The store is approximately 46,000 square feet and offers a wide assortment of products to meet the needs of Myrtle Beach residents. Customers will find health and beauty aids, pet products and cleaning supplies. Shopping is more convenient than ever as Myrtle Beach residents can shop seven million items on Walmart.com, many of which can be shipped for free to any Walmart store through Walmart Pickup.

The Walmart mobile app for iPhone and Android makes shopping easier than ever. Customers can refill prescription medications, create shopping lists, search the location of items in their store, check weekly ads and prices, save eReceipts and shop Walmart.com through the app.

Job Opportunities at Walmart

The store will employ up to 95 associates for full- and part-time positions within the store. Applicants interested in careers at Walmart can apply at a store’s hiring kiosk or online at Walmartcareers.com. Store manager, Sherrie Carlisle, began /her Walmart career 25 years ago as an hourly associate at a store in Shallotte, N.C.

Starting in 2015, Walmart began making a $2.7 billion investment over a two-year period in higher wages, more scheduling choices and further training for its associates. As part of increased wages across the company, the average full time hourly associate now makes $13.53 an hour in South Carolina. More than 75 percent of store management teams started as hourly associates. In 2014, 160,000 associates were promoted, and 40 percent of those promotions went to associates within the first year of their employment. The new investment is designed to help make Walmart not only a better place to shop but a better place to work.

Community Giving

The grand-opening celebration includes presentations of $7,000 in grants from Walmart to local community groups including Help 4 Kids, Myrtle Beach Fire Department, New Direction of Horry County, Horry County Special Olympics and Grand Strand Miracle League. The new store will also continue a commitment by Walmart and the Walmart Foundation to fight hunger in Myrtle Beach and across the U.S. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation recently exceeded a $2 billion goal to fight hunger one year ahead of schedule and have donated more than 1.5 billion pounds of food to those in need across the country.

Two Celebration Events: Grand Opening and A Big Family Welcome

Local associates will provide a special welcome to members of Myrtle Beach at two public events. Store associates will host a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony on grand opening day, Wednesday, March 22, at 7 a.m. The following Saturday, March 25, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday, March 26, from noon to 4 p.m. local residents are invited to A Big Family Welcome celebration. This will give customers a chance to meet Carlisle and enjoy fun family activities and free food samples while supplies last.

Source: Company Press Release