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.