Walmart officials join Mayor Tom Towey and local food bank partner to kick-off construction of second store in city
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. (Dec. 15, 2011) – Walmart (NYSE: WMT) announced today that it broke ground on a new store at 5500 E. Sprague Ave. in Spokane Valley. The 160,000-square-foot full-service Walmart store is expected to open by early 2013.
“We are proud to be part of the greater Spokane Valley community and look forward to making it even more convenient for customers to have access to healthy, affordable food and other goods and services,” said Kyle Windhorn, Walmart’s market manager. “We’re looking forward to creating quality jobs that offer our associates the opportunity to build careers,” continued Windhorn.
The new Walmart will provide up to 350 new jobs and a range of other benefits to the Spokane Valley community. The new Spokane Valley store will include everyday household items with the added convenience of a full-service grocery department that includes fresh fruits and vegetables, a pharmacy, as well as new products and merchandise, such as apparel, home goods, health and beauty aids and electronics, and an outdoor garden center. Energy-efficient technology and environmentally friendly features designed to reduce energy and water consumption and minimize waste will be incorporated.
“We are very happy that Walmart has chosen Spokane Valley for their new store. They will be a valuable addition to our community, not just for the job opportunities and economic benefits they bring, but also for their generous support of local charitable organizations like Greater Spokane County Meals on Wheels and Second Harvest.”
In a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the new store today, Windhorn presented Second Harvest Food Bank of the Inland Northwest with a $25,000 grant from the Washington State Giving Council to help to distribute more than 1.3 million pounds of food – a 3 percent increase over last year – through the Mobile Food Bank to 75,000 area residents spread over 21 counties.
“The free food Second Harvest provides to local food banks and meal centers helps them feed more hungry people. Our network is helping many more families right now who are working hard but are struggling to put food on the table, and we need to do everything we can to fill the gap,” said Rod Wieber, chief resource officer for Second Harvest. “The very generous grant from Walmart will help our Mobile Food Bank get healthy fresh produce and other groceries to where they are needed most throughout Eastern Washington. Walmart also donates a variety of fresh perishable foods regularly through our Grocery Rescue program and we welcome the addition of the new Spokane Valley store.”
The grant was the second awarded to Second Harvest Food Bank of the Inland Northwest by the Walmart State Giving Council. Last year, the foundation contributed $60,000 to its Mobile Food Bank program making it possible for Second Harvest to pick up more perishable food items and distribute these wholesome products throughout the Inland Northwest region, including in Spokane Valley. In addition to Second Harvest, Walmart Foundation has contributed more than $125,000 to local organizations that benefit Spokane Valley residents – including the Inland Northwest Blood Center, Second Harvest Inland Northwest and Valley Meals on Wheels.
Currently there are 54 Walmarts, three Sam’s Clubs and one distribution center in Washington state employing approximately 19,381 associates. In its FY2011 Walmart purchased $2,598,045,143 worth of goods and services from 743 Washington businesses.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) serves customers and members more than 200 million times per week at over 9,800 retail units under 69 different banners in 28 countries. With fiscal year 2011 sales of $419 billion, Walmart employs 2.1 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://walmartstores.com, and 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.