OREANDA-NEWS. June 08, 2012. A new Walmart opens this month in Lockhart, bringing 85 new jobs, savings for local shoppers and an increase in tax revenue to support the area’s economy. Nonprofit organizations will also benefit from the retailer’s ongoing charitable contributions and support for community projects. The new Walmart is located at 1904 S. Colorado St., across the street from the current store.

“We welcome this new store with open arms,” said Lockhart Mayor Lew White. “We have been anticipating this store for several years, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. From the added jobs to the sales tax and property tax standpoints, this store will have a tremendous impact on our community.”
Economic Impact Includes 85 New Jobs

The relocated Lockhart Walmart will employ approximately 225 associates, according to Carnahan, including 85 positions created by the relocation. Several associates have worked for Walmart for more than 10 years and are transferring from nearby stores in San Marcos, Seguin, Bastrop and Buda.

“Walmart provides job opportunities and career choices for everyone from seniors looking for supplemental income to young people wanting to gain work experience,” Carnahan said. She started her career with Walmart in 1995 as a part-time hourly associate in Bastrop. She remained at the Bastrop store for 15 years working her way up to management positions, including photo lab manager for 10 years and shift manager. Carnahan has been manager of the Lockhart store for two years.