Walmart expanding Alabama footprint with small-format store, fuel center

Walmart expanding Alabama footprint with small-format store, fuel center

Walmart will expand its Neighborhood Market concept this week with a new store on Jordan Lane Southwest in Huntsville.

Walmart will open a Neighborhood Market store on Jordan Lane in Huntsville on Oct. 5, 2016.

The big-box retailer will launch a 41,000-square-foot store at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday on 2305 Jordan Lane. The location, which employs 95 full- and part-time workers, has an on-site fuel station, deli, pharmacy with drive-thru and free store pickup service for customers who shop on Walmart.com.

Manager Iris Gonzales runs the small-format store, which isn’t as large as a typical Supercenter but provides produce, meat, baked goods, personal care items and other staples. Prospective employees can apply for positions at the store’s hiring kiosk or on Walmartcareers.com.

Louis J. Morris Elementary, Spay/Neuter Action Project (SNAP), the Huntsville Community Drumline and Huntsville Fire Department will receive a combined $6,000 in grants during the grand opening Wednesday. A larger public event will take place Oct. 8-9 with free food while supplies last.

Walmart, which generated $482 billion in revenue during fiscal year 2016, currently has 11,527 stores under 63 banners in 28 countries and more than 2.3 million associates. Last month, the company said it will eliminate about 7,000 back-office positions from its U.S. workforce in the coming months.

The accounting and invoicing job cuts will affect all of Walmart’s 4,600 stores, including locations in Alabama. The number of associates per location will vary, but no more than three positions per store will be affected.

In January, Walmart shut down nine Alabama locations, affecting 500-600 jobs throughout the state. The closures were part of a larger plan to shutter 269 Walmart stores across the world, including 154 in the U.S.

A spokesman said more than 400 associates were able to transfer to other stores. Dozens of associates also took severance in lieu of transferring to another store or elsewhere within the company.

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Published at Tue, 04 Oct 2016 20:23:00 +0000