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Local Study Finds Proposed Tacoma Walmart Will Have Positive Impact on Jobs, Economy.

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Walmart Goods and Services

The new Walmart in downtown Tacoma will be a full-service, one-stop shopping destination for everyday household items like apparel and electronics.  It will also include a full-service grocery department, with fresh and locally-grown fruits and vegetables, a bakery and deli, as well as an outdoor garden center and pharmacy.


Location and Design

The store is located at Union Avenue and South 23rd Street in the Tacoma Central neighborhood.  The store will be approximately 150,000 square-feet, with a covered outdoor garden center. Construction has begun and the new store is slated to open fall 2013.


Jobs and Career Opportunities

The Tacoma Central Walmart will create approximately 300 jobs. At Walmart, associates have access to competitive wages, as well as affordable benefits and the chance to build a career. Additional temporary jobs will be created during construction.

Nearly 75 percent of store management teams across the country joined the company as hourly associates. In 2011, more than 161,000 hourly associates in Walmart U.S. stores received promotions. The majority of those associates were women. More than 300,000 of our U.S. associates have been with the company for more than 10 years.

Walmart wages and benefits typically meet or exceed those of the majority of our competitors. As of April 30, 2012, the total number of Walmart associates in Washington is 18,213, and the average wage for regular, full-time hourly associates in Washington is $12.93 per hour*. More information on Walmart in Washington State is available here.


Associate Health and Benefits

Walmart’s benefit program is available to eligible full- and part-time associates.  It 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. In addition, eligible associates receive a quarterly incentive bonus based on store performance. Click here for more information on Walmart’s opportunities and benefits.


Economic Impacts

The new Tacoma Walmart will fill a space that has been vacant for many years, providing the city of Tacoma with a much-needed solution when it comes to job creation, economic development, tax revenue generation and improved access to healthy, affordable food. These solutions represent positive community impacts at a time while tens of thousands of area residents are out of work. As of May 2012, unemployment in Tacoma was at 9.5 percent, which is higher than the statewide rate of 8.3 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In addition, in FY 2012, Walmart spent $2,420,799,866 for merchandise and services with 826 suppliers in the state. As a result of Walmart’s relationship with these suppliers, Walmart supports 120,990 supplier jobs in Washington.*


Community Benefits

The Walmart Foundation is committed to helping people live better by leading on social issues that matter to customers and associates. Walmart addresses community needs and supports opportunities in education, workforce development, environmental sustainability, and health and wellness. Some of the area organizations that Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have supported recently include the Emergency Food Network of Tacoma – Pierce County, Caring for Kids, Tacoma’s Hilltop Artists and Operation Homefront Washington.

In 2011, Walmart stores, Sam’s Club locations and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $15.1 million in cash and in-kind donations to local organizations in the communities they serve throughout Washington. When additional funds donated by customers and Walmart and Sam’s Club associates throughout the state are added, the retailer’s contributions in Washington for last year totaled more than $16.2 million.

Recently, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation made a historic $2 billion commitment to help end hunger in America. The Fighting Hunger Together initiative will provide 1.1 billion pounds of food from Walmart facilities and $250 million to hunger relief organizations through 2015. Learn more about Walmart’s community giving at



Walmart is a leader in the industry when it comes to sustainable construction practices. Walmart stores include innovative b9 sustainability-oriented features.  Features at the Tacoma Central store include:

  • A daylight harvesting system, which incorporates more energy efficient lighting, skylights and daylight dimming sensors to monitor the amount of natural light available, all of which can reduce up to 75 percent of the store’s daylight lighting needs.
  • Water-conserving restroom fixtures, including low-flow faucets and toilets. These fixtures could save approximately 70 percent of water used annually at this store.
  • A white membrane roof with high solar reflectivity is designed to reduce the building’s energy consumption.
  • Outside the store, Walmart will collect, treat, and infiltrate storm-water, as well as utilize drought-tolerant native landscaping to reduce water consumption.
  • The store’s HVAC system will utilize super-high efficiency packaged HVAC units. While the industry standard EER Energy Efficiency Ratio) is 9.0, the proposed new units are rated at approximately 12.1 to 14.3.


More Information

  • More information about Walmart in Washington is available at:
  • Walmart media hotline: 1‐800‐331‐0085

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