Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Now that it's official and Walmart is moving through the public permitting process the company public relations firm is kicking into high gear.  Friday KAST news received news release from Portland P.R. firm Quinn Thomas Public Affairs that outlines the benefits of siting the new super store in Warrenton.

It reads:

 

A new Walmart store will open on the eastside of Highway 101, bringing new jobs and more affordable grocery options to the community. The store, 150,000 square-feet, will employ approximately 300 people. The Warrenton Walmart will offer affordable groceries, pharmacy and general merchandise all at "Everyday Low Prices."

"Communities around the country, including Clatsop County, continue to struggle with high unemployment rates. Walmart is pleased to bring about 300 new, good jobs to the Warrenton community," said Matti Havener, Regional General Manager for Walmart in Oregon and Washington. "The new store will bring low prices on everyday household items and groceries to Warrenton, helping our local customers save money so they can live better."

New Warrenton Store

The new store is tailored for the Warrenton community, featuring a full line of groceries as well as a bakery, a delicatessen, a frozen food section and meat, dairy and fresh produce sections. General merchandise areas will include pharmacy, home goods, apparel, and accessories, sporting goods, electronics, home, lawn and garden, fine jewelry and health and beauty.

It will also feature energy-efficient technology and environmentally-sound features designed to reduce energy and water consumption and minimize waste, including LED lighting.

Store to Employ 300 Associates, Benefit the Community

Approximately 300 part-time and full-time associates will be employed at the new store. The average wage at Walmart for full-time hourly associates in Oregon is approximately $13.04 per hour. Walmart currently employs 10,222 Oregonians.

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 medical insurance with no lifetime maximum. Walmart medical plans are available for as little as $15 bi-weekly and Walmart insures more than 1 million people in the U.S. Walmart also offers matching 401(k) contributions of up to 6 percent of pay, discounts on general merchandise for store associates, an Associate Stock Purchase Program and company-paid life insurance. Additionally, eligible associates receive a quarterly incentive based on store performance.

Last year, Walmart spent $622,416,115.00 for merchandise and services with 561 suppliers in the state of Oregon.  As a result of Walmart's relationship with these suppliers, Walmart supports 29,489 supplier jobs in the state of Oregon*. (*Supplier figures provided by Dun & Bradstreet for FYE 2012)

In 2011, Walmart stores and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $4.1 million in cash and in-kind donations to local organizations in the communities they serve in the state of Oregon.  Through additional funds donated by customers, and Walmart associates throughout the state, the retailer's contributions in Oregon totaled more than $4.5 million.

Healthier Food and "Great For You"

Walmart made a major commitment to make food healthier and healthier food more affordable, ensuring families won't have to choose between a product that is good for them and one they can afford. Steps in the healthier food initiative include:

·       Reformulate thousands of packaged food items by 2015 by reducing sodium and added sugars and removing all remaining industrially produced trans fats.

·       Make healthier choices more affordable by providing savings on fresh produce and reducing the price premium on "better-for-you" items.

·       Provide solutions to address food deserts by bringing stores in underserved communities.

·       Increase charitable support for nutrition programs that help educate consumers about healthier food solutions and choices.

The "Great For You" icon appears on select Great Value and Marketside products as well as fresh and packaged fruits and vegetables. The icon was developed to help customers easily identify nutritious food options so they can make healthier eating choices for themselves and their families. For more information, visit corporate.walmart.com/healthier-food

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The record remains open for public comment to the Warrenton Planning Commission until 5:30pm November 1st.  The Planning Commission is considering the land use application for the project and comments regarding that application.  Following the open record period and other seven days will be devoted to accepting rebuttal comments and then on November 15th the applicant will submit a final statement. On the evening of November 15th the commission is set to meet and possibly render a decision on the application.

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