Construction began today on Las Cruces’ first Neighborhood Market, the small format Walmart that has been gaining in popularity across the country. Local and regional Walmart officials, City Councillor Ceil Levatino, the Greater Las Chamber of Commerce and the Las Cruces Hispanic Chamber of Commerce attended the groundbreaking.
“Walmart is a wonderful partner of the Hispanic Chamber and we’re thrilled that the world’s largest retailer sees potential in Las Cruces as a growing community,” said Richard Aguilar, president of the Las Cruces Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. The new grocery store will add up to 95 permanent and 40 construction jobs in Las Cruces.
“We’re excited that Walmart is continuing to invest in our city and bringing new retail formats to local customers,” said Debbi Moore, President/CEO of the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce. “This new store will add permanent jobs for Las Crucens and also attract business and economic growth to the area.” Walmart’s smaller stores are gaining in popularity for shoppers looking for a quick way to find fresh produce and affordable groceries at everyday low prices in their neighborhoods. “With fresh produce, a deli, bakery and grocery items at your fingertips, the Walmart Neighborhood Markets are a great alternative,” said Kimberly Johnstun, Walmart Market Manager. “We know Las Cruces will be excited to finally get to experience our new concept that gives shoppers another option for convenient grocery shopping at Walmart’s Every Day Low Prices.”
The new store will be at 150 North Sonoma Ranch Blvd. and is scheduled to open in the fall of 2016. The new Neighborhood Market is 40,000 square feet, about one-fifth the size of a Supercenter that caries everything from automotive supplies to electronics. Neighborhood Markets, however, are designed to have a smaller footprint, and offer a quick, easy, and friendly shopping experience for name-brand groceries.
The small-format stores are convenient and offer fresh produce, meats, pantry staples, a deli and a full line of groceries from leading brands, including organic and other nutritious options. The new store will employ up to 95 full and part-time associates, and create 40 temporary construction jobs. Walmart’s average full-time hourly wage in New Mexico is $13.78 an hour. Additionally, associates have the opportunity for quarterly cash bonuses, a matching 401K and healthcare benefits. “This new store is also an opportunity for our local suppliers to grow with us,” said Javier Angulo, Walmart Public Affairs Director. “We will be looking for even more products from suppliers in the region and look to do more local products.”
In New Mexico, Walmart spent $81.9 million with local suppliers, which helped support 7,359 jobs. Additionally, Walmart Stores and the Walmart Foundation gave $18.3 million to New Mexico’s non-profit organizations in 2014. At Walmart, more than 75 percent of store management teams started as hourly associates. Last year, nearly 200,000 associates were promoted. Walmart is investing $2.7 billion over two years in wages, education and training.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, nearly 260 million customers and members visit our 11,554 stores under 72 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2015 revenue of $485.7 billion, Walmart employs approximately 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://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart.