OREANDA-NEWS. October 02, 2015. The new Walmart Neighborhood Market in Fort Smith will open to the community Wednesday, Sept. 30, bringing a broad assortment of fresh, affordable groceries at Walmart’s everyday low prices. Customers will also enjoy the convenience of on-site services such as a full pharmacy and fuel station and a free store pickup service providing an easy way to shop millions of products on Walmart.com. The new store will employ up to 95 full- and part-time associates.

“We are proud to be a part of the Fort Smith community,” said store manager Jesse Pinkston. “We are here for our customers’ everyday grocery needs as well as, just in time for the new season, ingredients for any special fall treats they want to celebrate with.”

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 custom cakes. The new store will carry a selection of Arkansas Grown produce and products from American Vegetable Soybean and Edamame Inc., which is based out of Mulberry.

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. Fort Smith 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 41,000 square feet and offers a wide assortment of products to meet the needs of Fort Smith residents. Customers will find health and beauty aids, pet products and cleaning supplies. Shopping is more convenient than ever as Fort Smith 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. Pinkston began his Walmart career in 1998 as an hourly associate in the meat department here in Fort Smith.  

At Walmart, 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. Earlier this year Walmart announced it would be investing more than \\$1B in higher wages and training and other enhancements for its associates. 

Community Giving
The grand-opening celebration includes presentations of over \\$5,500 in grants from Walmart to local community groups including Beard Elementary School, Cavanaugh Elementary School, Children’s Service League, Community Services Clearinghouse Inc., Fort Smith Crisis Intervention Center, Elmer H. Cook Elementary School, Fort Smith Boys & Girls Club, Fort Smith Kiwanis Club, Ramsey Junior High School and River Valley Regional Food Bank. The new store will also continue a commitment by Walmart and the Walmart Foundation to fight hunger in Fort Smith 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 Fort Smith at two public events. Store associates will host a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony on grand opening day, Sept. 30, at 7:30 a.m. The following Saturday, Oct. 3, local residents are invited to A Big Family Welcome, which will give customers a chance to meet Pinkston and enjoy fun family activities and free food samples while supplies last. Join the celebration from noon to 3 p.m.

About Walmart
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, we serve nearly 260 million customers who visit our 11,532 stores under 65 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2015 revenue of \\$486 billion, Walmart employs more than 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. Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com.