Walmart Neighborhood Market provides access to fresh and affordable groceries and employment opportunities to the community
- New Walmart Neighborhood Market located at 300 N. 2nd St.
- About 65 jobs at the new store
- Store open 24 hours a day, seven days a week
EL CAJON, CA, March 7, 2014 – Walmart will open a new Walmart Neighborhood Market Friday, March 14, after a brief ribbon cutting ceremony at 7:30 a.m. The new store, approximately one-quarter the size of a Walmart Supercenter, is located at 300 N. 2nd St. in the Town and Country shopping center and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The new store will provide local customers with a new, convenient option for their grocery shopping needs, including fresh produce and pharmacy services.
“I am pleased that Walmart is opening another Neighborhood Market in East San Diego County,” said California State Assemblyman Brian Jones. “Walmart has contributed tremendously to our community through its initiative to hire more veterans and by creating more jobs that help stimulate our local economy. Welcome to the neighborhood!”
Smaller Store, More Convenience
The Walmart Neighborhood Market format offers quick and convenient shopping, with a full-service grocery department, including organic and natural selections. The store features prepared food options, fresh baked breads, a self-serve deli and a bakery. The El Cajon store is also tailored to the community, offering local favorites.
“Walmart is a tremendous asset to El Cajon and to the entire region,” said El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells. “This new store is a boon for our City, not just for customers looking for low prices on groceries, but because of the hundreds of jobs and economic opportunities Walmart provides to our community.”
The pharmacy offers a full range of products and services. Pharmacy team members can answer product and prescription questions and customers can ask about health and wellness solutions. The stores will also offer Walmart’s $4 Prescription Program, through which customers can choose from hundreds of generic drugs and over-the-counter medications for $4 for a 30-day supply or $10 for a 90-day supply. Started in 2006, the program has saved U.S. customers more than $4.8 billion on medications.
The grand opening celebration includes presentations of grants from Walmart to local community groups, as well as a $70,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Council to Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego, Inc. to expand its home-delivered meal program in rural areas of San Diego, including East County and North County. Other recipients include the following organizations:
- I Love a Clean San Diego
- Challenge Ranch
- Grant Hills High School
- The Seth Foundation
In addition to the grants given as part of the grand opening, the new store will further Walmart’s pledge to fight hunger in America. As part of Walmart’s and the Walmart Foundation’s $2 billion commitment to fight hunger through 2015, Walmart stores in California donated approximately 10.2 million pounds of food, in fiscal year 2013, or the equivalent of 8.5 million meals. Additionally, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $26.3 million in fiscal year 2013 in California alone. For more information on Walmart’s fight against hunger, visit http://foundation.walmart.com/our-focus/hunger.
“Walmart has proven to be a great partner to the East County community, providing hundreds of jobs for local residents and supporting our local charities,” said Eric Lund, General Manager at the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce. We look forward to the opening of this new store and the way it will help strengthen our local economy in El Cajon and throughout the region.”
New Store, New Jobs
The new store employs about 65 full- and part-time associates. The first Walmart Neighborhood Market opened in 1998, and today there are approximately 300 Walmart Neighborhood Market stores nationwide.
“I am excited to open this Walmart Neighborhood Market and look forward to serving my community,” said Store manager John Defiori. “I invite the community to come celebrate our grand opening with us on March 14.” Defiori began his career with Walmart in 1996, assisting with the opening of the store on Camino Canada in El Cajon, and brings nearly 18 years of experience in working with the company and in this community.
Walmart provides competitive wages and benefits to associates, as well as opportunities for advancement. The average wage for full-time hourly associates in California is $13.08, and about 160,000 associates receive promotions each year. The company offers a variety of affordable health and well-being benefits, including health care coverage with no lifetime maximum. Walmart also offers eligible associates matching 401(k) contributions of up to 6 percent, discounts on general merchandise, an Associate Stock Purchase Program and company-paid life insurance. Additionally, eligible associates receive a quarterly incentive based on store performance.
A Big Family Welcome
Walmart is happy to be part of the El Cajon community and is ready to celebrate with residents on Saturday, March 15. A Big Family Welcome will give customers a chance to meet the manager and enjoy fun family activities, such as face painting, cupcake decorating and free food samples while supplies last. Join the celebration from noon to 3 p.m.
Join the Conversation
Walmart invites El Cajon shoppers to share their in-store experience on Facebook and Twitter by using #MyNewWalmart. Visit the My Local Walmart Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/walmart4169. Fans of the local page can receive information about rollbacks, in-store events, meal solutions and more.