HALIFAX, July 26, 2013 /CNW/ - Walmart Canada today unveiled its first
Supercentre in Atlantic Canada at its Halifax Centre store located in
the Halifax Shopping Centre Annex at 6990 Mumford Road.
"We have worked hard to ensure all of our customers will enjoy the
changes to the store, especially the addition of fresh food," said
store manager Anthony Brake. "We're so excited to unveil the results of
many months of hard work."
The store is one of 37 Supercentre projects planned for the company's
current fiscal year which ends January 31, 2014. The 37 projects, which
were announced earlier this year, include building new stores and
expanding, remodelling or relocating existing stores and represent an
investment of more than $450 million in the Canadian economy.
The Halifax Centre Walmart originally opened as a Walmart discount store
in 2001. The renovated 145,000 square foot supercentre now offers a
full line of groceries including bakery goods, deli, meat and dairy
products as well as fresh produce. This is in addition to the existing
departments including electronics, home décor and apparel, creating a
one-stop shopping destination dedicated to everyday low prices. The
store also offers a pharmacy, vision centre, connection centre for
wireless services, photo centre, portrait studio, Tire & Lube Express
for automotive services, Good to Go! Lotto, McDonald's, and Western
Customers will also appreciate the store's updated design, which
includes easy-to-navigate aisles with directional signage and a bright
interior colour palette defining the store's merchandise areas.
The Halifax Centre Walmart Supercentre employs 280 associates. To fill
the 30 new jobs created with the conversion, Walmart held recruitment
drives drawing nearly 300 applications for roles such as cashiers, food
managers, and other hourly positions.
Commitment to sustainability
Walmart continues to drive environmental sustainability through energy
efficiency initiatives. The store features LED exterior signage, waste
diversion streams including paper and plastic, and sells
Walmart has one of the strongest community involvement programs in
Canada. The company's mission is to help Canadian families in need. In
2012, the Halifax Centre Walmart donated and raised more than $70,000
for charities and organizations in need. At today's grand opening, the
store donated a total $10,000 to five worthy groups and will build on
these donations with additional charitable and community support and
fundraising throughout the year.
Grand opening festivities will continue on Saturday. The store will be
hosting its Grand Opening Block Party from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Customers
can enjoy face-painting, live music, refreshments and samples.
Anthony Brake is excited to lead the Halifax Centre Walmart Supercentre
team as the store manager. Brake began his career in retail at Walmart
19 years ago and is an example of the career growth Walmart can
provide. He also enjoys working with local community groups.
By the numbers
Halifax Centre Walmart Supercentre:
30 new jobs created by the conversion
145,000 square feet
7th supercentre project completed this year
7,000 new positions created by Walmart Canada expansion plans this year
37 projects in the company's expansion plan this fiscal year (ending
January 31, 2014)
$450 million invested for the 37 projects
217 supercentres and 163 discount stores as of today
380 Walmart stores total
About Walmart Canada
Walmart Canada operates a growing chain of 380 locations nationwide
including 217 Supercentres. The retailer serves more than one million
customers each day, and its online store, www.walmart.ca, is visited by over one million Canadians daily. With 95,000
associates, Walmart Canada is one of Canada's largest employers and is
recognized by Waterstone Human Capital as having one of Canada's top 10
corporate cultures. Walmart Canada's community giving program is
focused on helping Canadian families in need. Since 1994, Walmart has
donated and raised more than $180 million to Canadian charities and
not-for-profit organizations. Additional company information can be
found at walmartcanada.ca, facebook.com/walmartcanada and at ="http://twitter.com/@walmartcanada" target="_blank">twitter.com/@walmartcanada.
Photos of the grand opening will be available on
walmartcanada.ca/pressroom at 11 a.m.
Image with caption: "Walmart Canada unveils its first Supercentre in Atlantic Canada at its Halifax Centre store, located in the Halifax Shopping Centre Annex. From left to right: Walmart district manager Darrin Marchand, associates Eileen Pottie and Joan MacLeod, Walmart Canada President and CEO Shelley Broader, and store manager Anthony Brake. (CNW Group/Walmart Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130726_C9838_PHOTO_EN_29337.jpg
Image with caption: "Walmart associate Amanda Thompson stocks fresh bananas at the newly unveiled Halifax Centre Walmart Supercentre. (CNW Group/Walmart Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130726_C9838_PHOTO_EN_29325.jpg
SOURCE: Walmart Canada
For further information:
Felicia Fefer, Manager of Corporate Affairs, Walmart Canada
Tel (416) 209-6748