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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.

Rudy dangers January 10, 2013 at 03:17 AM
Cause the Walmart over the mountain, less than 3 miles away is too far, considering there are 3 other groceries on each corner? Get lost Walmart...
Ronnie January 14, 2013 at 12:40 PM
Rudy, when you see the prices you'll be saying, "Get lost, Big Y and Whole Paycheck". Plus Avon doesn't have a full grocery section. This store will have meat, produce, frozen, etc. And trust me, I go to Wallingford and the stuff is excellent.
Sarah Raskin January 14, 2013 at 02:18 PM
Such sad, sad news for West Hartford. Sad for the loss of jobs in the local community and sad for CT taxpayers . You may pay less at checkout but in the end it costs you, as a taxpayer, much more. How do you think they keep the prices low?? "A secret behind Wal-Mart’s rapid expansion in the United States has been its extensive use of public money and taxpayers indirectly subsidize the company by paying the healthcare costs of Wal-Mart employees who don’t receive coverage on the job and instead turn to public programs such as Medicaid." http://walmart1percent.org/connecticut/
Sarah Raskin January 14, 2013 at 02:20 PM
Ronnie, before you say the food is "excellent" read this--yuck. And remember they have faced several accusations of mislabeling food as organic that isn't-so if you do shop there, I wouldn't pay extra for "organic." http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303410404577466212626979318.html
Wyatt January 14, 2013 at 03:08 PM
@Rudy. This article says that this is a grocery - a different type of store than the "Walmart over the mountain"
Fred January 14, 2013 at 07:09 PM
I always shop for my meats and produce from the low bidder with slave labor------Yummm
Ronnie January 15, 2013 at 05:51 AM
People love to hate Walmart but I have news for you, a growing number of stores and restaurants are doing the same thing by cutting employees' hours to part time so they won't have to give them health coverage in anticipation of "Obamacare". See here: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/01/10/a-growing-trend-more-restaurants-cutting-employee-hours-in-preparation-of-obamacare/ How many kids do I know who hold down two part time jobs because they can't find one full time one? So hate on Walmart all you want, but this is happening everywhere.
Ronnie January 15, 2013 at 06:12 AM
Most of what Walmart sells are name brands that you can find in other stores, so unless the label already says "organic" it would be hard to push it as organic. By the way, what happens in China is very different from what happens here. And move over Walmart, because Target and a host of other companies, including cosmetic companies have been accused of the same thing. So this really proves nothing except that Walmart is far from alone in having such accusations made toward them. Despite this, I never hear anyone hating on Target for that. People just love to hate Walmart because it's so big, rich and powerful. But this is the American Way, people! It's not just Walmart! If you don't like it, go live in a commune in a socialist country!
Ronnie January 15, 2013 at 06:14 AM
I have news for you, Fred. They're all low bidders with slave labor. Since when can anyone live on what they pay in supermarkets and other discount stores unless you're a manager?
Sarah Raskin January 15, 2013 at 12:55 PM
Okay, Ronnie, too much to put in a small space, but a few thoughts. 1. Yes, others do it, so what? Does that make it okay? And, they don't all do it. Why not have a Costco here instead? They treat workers much better and still turn a profit. It isn't impossible it just requires less greed. 2. And Walmart is by far the worst and the leader. They are behind the move to such low wages. Are you okay with that? 3. Yes, things are different in China. And due to "anti-government" cuts our FDA has been gutted, not sure oversight is better here. But before you eat Walmart food read this http://blog.usfoodsafety.com/tag/walmart/ and see if you can stomach it 4. Report after report have shown that Walmart destroys the workforce in the communities they move into. They put every grocery out of business, those workers lose their jobs-a nearby store has a 40% chance of closing in 2 years. The workers for Walmart are paid much less and rely on social services, costing the taxpayer http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/01/want-to-decrease-food-access-while-killing-jobs-open-a-walmart/#.UPVNnehLpF8
Sarah Raskin January 15, 2013 at 01:24 PM
5.In the end it is about whether you can sleep at night. People died at Walmart factory in Bangladesh. Workers across the globe are treated poorly, children forced to work long hours, workers here not given a living wage. Aren't we all in this together? I have great sympathy for everyone trying to make ends meet. We all face tough choices. But for myself I think every dollar I spend is a vote for what I think is important.
Ronnie January 16, 2013 at 08:06 AM
I have been shopping in Wallingford for years where they have a Super Walmart, and the supermarkets there don't show any signs of going out of business. In fact, when Shaw's left CT they were bidding over who would take their space. And speaking of those supermarkets, they don't lose any sleep over charging their customers at least $1 more for everything they sell. Why aren't you calling THEM greedy for passing along their higher costs to the consumer? And why aren't they looking for ways to remain competitive? They can't just blame this all on Walmart. We live in a competitive marketplace and if you want to survive you have to step up to the plate and figure out how to do it! You can't just point fingers and play the blame game while they put you out of business!
Ronnie January 16, 2013 at 08:11 AM
You make Walmart sound like something from out of the Industrial Revolution. Purely Dickensian. But it is NOT. You can go and pay more elsewhere, but for me, my life has not been so easy that I can afford to pay more on principle. I don't even agree with your principle, but even if I did I couldn't afford to worry about that. Not after what I've been though. You have too much time and money on your hands or you wouldn't be worried about this, trust me. I'll be with the rest of the shoppers who make decisions with their pocketbooks. Meanwhile, you can go broke for what you think is "important". I hope it works for you.
Sarah Raskin January 17, 2013 at 06:31 PM
Food at the Wallingford Walmart-I guess you get what you pay for. http://www.examiner.com/article/s-robson-walton-wallingford-wal-mart-danger-moldy-food-manager-scoffs
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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