Collinsville welcomes first Walmart Neighborhood Market
COLLINSVILLE – Collinsville and the surrounding area will welcome its first Walmart Neighborhood Market at 1101 Belt Line Road near Keebler Crossing today, Wednesday, July 26.
The new store, which will employ about 125 full- or part-time associates, will feature Online Grocery Pickup, a fueling station and a drive-thru pharmacy.
The convenience of a smaller format is intended to compliment the community’s existing Walmart Supercenter.
The 46,000-square-foot Neighborhood Market offers a wide variety of fresh produce and organic selections; a full-service deli and in-store bakery with fresh breads and more; convenient Grab-and-Go prepared meals; and a full grocery department with favorite name-brand products at the same affordable prices as Walmart’s larger stores. Customers will find a full-service pharmacy with a drive-through, health and beauty items, baby and pet supplies, and select household goods.
The store is a new prototype Neighborhood Market that only exists in a limited number of communities, featuring wider aisles, lower counter tops in the deli and bakery for easy ordering, and made-to-order pizza. Customers can pick out their pizza toppings and shop while their pizza cooks, or take it home and cook in their own oven.
“This is a new format for this part of the St. Louis metro, one whose smaller footprint focuses on fresh produce and allows customers to get in and out quickly,” said Store Manager Shane Jordan. “Walmart continually invests in new ways to save its customers time and money – and this store is a great example.”
Festivities today were to begin with a morning ribbon-cutting. Residents are also invited to a community celebration, scheduled for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 29 and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 30. Highlights will include music, activities for kids and food samples, including pizza, hot dogs, fresh fruit and Marketside cookies.
The store will employ approximately 125 full- or part-time associates. Applicants interested in careers at Walmart can apply at a store’s hiring kiosk or online at Walmartcareers.com.
Walmart says more than 75 percent of its store management teams started as hourly associates in its r stores. Collinsville Neighborhood Market Store Manager Shane Jordan began with Walmart as an hourly associate 21 years ago and has managed several stores in the St. Louis metro over the past decade.
Starting in 2015, Walmart began making a $2.7 billion investment over a two-year period in higher wages, more scheduling choices and further training for its associates. As part of increased wages across the company, the average full-time hourly associate now makes $13.63 an hour in Illinois.
PHOTO MIDDLE: Shane Jordan, store manager of the new Walmart Neighborhood Market in Collinsville, addressed a crowd of more than 100 during the official grand opening ceremony, sharing his excitement to be a part of the Collinsville community. The new prototype store will bring an array of goods and services to the community including, but not limited to: full-service deli and in-store bakery, fresh produce, made-to-order pizza, full-service pharmacy with a drive-through, online grocery pickup and more.
PHOTO BOTTOM: Community members, local dignitaries and Walmart associates celebrated the grand opening of the new Walmart Neighborhood Market in Collinsville with a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, July 26. Following the ceremony the store officially opened for business welcoming its first shoppers. Front row from left: Mayor of Collinsville, John Miller; Collinsville Councilmember Donna Green; longtime Walmart associate, Lori Kovar (31 years); longtime Walmart associate, Kathleen Koertge (30 years); and store manager, Shane Jordan.