The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)


April 18, 2011

Wal-Mart to open store in Richfield

Sunday, April 17, 2011 — Richfield will become the first town in North Carolina to introduce a Walmart Express to the area. Only five other similar stores across the country have been announced, with three in northwest Arkansas and two in Chicago.

Walmart Express is a new, small format store with approximately 15,000 square feet of space, compared to the 150,000 or more square feet of a Walmart Supercenter. The smaller store is designed to make access to Walmart brands more convenient in smaller towns.

“In big cities and small towns across the country, people are shopping at Walmart. As a result, we have stepped up our efforts to make access to our brand more convenient and have incorporated a more flexible approach to communities that includes small and large store formats,” Steven Restivo, director of community affairs for Wal-Mart Stores Inc., said.

“At 30,000 square feet or less, the Walmart Express is designed to provide customers an Every Day Low Price experience in a convenient format. This new approach is flexible enough to thrive in our nation’s smallest towns and its busiest cities.”

The focus of the new store is to include a strong emphasis on groceries, as well as a more limited selection of general merchandise.

“As we open and operate Walmart Express stores, we will continue to evaluate the merchandise mix to ensure that those offerings address specific needs in the community,” Restivo said.

“We look forward to working with local stakeholders across the country to bring the appropriate store format to their neighborhood. We believe Walmart Express can be part of the solution in urban and rural communities where residents don’t have convenient access to healthy, affordable food.”

Construction for the new store, which will be at 141 N.C. 49 in Richfield, is already under way, and the store is scheduled to open in June 2011.

The hiring process will begin next week when a hiring center will be open beginning April 18 at 138 N.C. 49 N., from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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