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Walmart Neighborhood Market Hiring, Preparing for Bishops Corner Opening

A hiring center is now open on North Main Street as the chain prepares for the West Hartford store's opening later this winter.

An exact date has not yet been set for the grand opening of West Hartford's new Neighborhood Market by Walmart, but company officials indicate that they expect the Bishops Corner grocery store will open in late February.

Walmart has already begun hiring in anticipation of the planned opening. In late December, the company set up a temporary hiring center at 740 N. Main St., Units 23-29, also in the Bishops Corner area of West Hartford. Approximately 90 associates will be hired for full and part-time positions.

According to a Walmart spokesperson, the hiring center is accepting applications from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Interested applicants can also apply online at http://careers.walmart.com. The majority of associates will begin work sometime in January to prepare for the store's opening.

“We are excited to add the first Walmart Neighborhood Market to New England and bring good jobs with career opportunities to the area,” said Store Manager Stacey McCarty in a release announcing the opening of the hiring center.

The West Hartford store will be the first Neighborhood Market in New England, and will be located at 333 N. Main St., the former site of Adams Supermarket. The unused parking garage adjacent to Marshall's in the newly-renovated Bishops Corner shopping center was demolished last spring as part of the construction process for Neighborhood Market.

"We are looking forward to introducing this new format to Connecticut and the Northeast. As you may know, Neighborhood Markets are a smaller format – about 40,000 square feet, or about one-fourth the site of one of our typical Supercenters," said Walmart Director of Community & Media Relations Bill Wertz.

According to Wertz, Neighborhood Market will be primarily an affordably-priced grocery store and pharmacy, and will also offer a small selection of general merchandise.

"Although Supercenters remain our primary format for growth as a company, Neighborhood Markets have been very popular. We have become more flexible in our approach to communities. We want the store size to be a reflection of the surrounding area, but still serve local customer needs," Wertz said. 

According to Wertz, Neighborhood Markets are designed to not only offer discount pricing on supermarket staples, but are laid out in an easy-to-navigate setting.

Walmart launched the Neighborhood Market format in 1998, he said, and the company now has more than 200 stores nationwide.

More information can be found at http://corporate.walmart.com/our-story/our-stores/united-states-stores.

The following information about employment with Walmart was provided in the news release about the hiring center:

Walmart’s benefit program is available to eligible full- and part-time associates and provides 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 of pay, 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.

Sarah Raskin January 17, 2013 at 06:34 PM
Buyer Beware----Walmart Short-Changing gift returns http://ctwatchdog.com/finance/walmart-short-changing-some-who-return-gifts
Cheryl Folston March 15, 2013 at 09:32 PM
Sarah, can you tell us of any place of business in America that we could trust? You and others seem to want to turn us against Walmarts food but maybe you havent noticed that groceries have become extremely expensive for many of us. Walmarts surely cant be any worse than shopping at Save a Lot foods or Aldies. Care to tell me where THAT food comes from? that food comes from?
Sarah Raskin March 16, 2013 at 02:37 PM
Cheryl, actually there is a huge difference. I would have no problem shopping at Aldi. They take food safety seriously (although at any discount place I would check dates) and Aldi pays their workers a decent wage and gives them benefits. Completely different from Walmart. Costco also much better. Personally, in Bishop's corner I shop at Crown and hope they are not put out of business. For a large store I go to Shop Rite because it is locally owned and they treat workers well and are cheaper than Big Y. Is any business perfect, of course not, but I am not looking for perfect at all. Just a place that is honest, law-abiding, and doesn't take advantage of both the people who work for them and all of our taxes to make themselves rich.
Ronnie March 16, 2013 at 06:07 PM
I have seen worse in my over 50 years of shopping in supermarkets, like the time my husband bought lobsters at Stop and Shop only to find that they had been starved and had no meat in them, or the several times I have bought strawberries at Trader Joe only to find that they had grown mold inside where I couldn't see it before buying them. Or how about last night when I bought basil at Trader Joe's only to find that it had already gone bad by morning. Or fish at Shop Rite that smells like it's been treated with something medicinal to mask the off-smell. Or how about all the hamburger meat that is mislabeled and called "ground beef" so that they can throw all sorts of body parts in there other than the round or the chuck? The same supermarkets you defend against Walmart have been engaging in this sort of trickery for years. Here's another factoid you didn't consider - How many people were laid off when Walbaum's left Bishop's Corner but were not re-hired by the Big Y? I was told by someone who worked there that it was most of them. You can make any of these chains look bad. Walmart is the biggest retailer in the world so it is inevitable that some of this stuff will happen. But given how big they are we hear about so little of it that it makes me think Walmart is not so bad. Besides, "Food Safety News" listed Frank Yiannas as one of the 10 best food safety "leaders" in the U.S. If he has impressed them that much, he's good enough for me.
milly March 22, 2013 at 10:45 PM
ok all i want to know is when is the neighborhood walmart in bristol opening aqnd how do i apply

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