Walmart announces plans to add 95 jobs at new market in Southpark Shopping Center

Published on Tuesday, 14 January 2014 13:49 - Written by

BY CASEY MURPHY, cmurphy@tylerpaper.com

Walmart plants to hire as many as 95 employees for its Walmart Neighborhood Market planned to open this spring in Tyler.

Construction is well underway on the former Albertson’s building, in the Southpark Shopping Center at the corner of Troup Highway and Loop 323.

The store will hire full-time and part-time associates, the majority of which will begin work in March to help prepare the store for its grand opening.

“I look forward to speaking with interested applicants and bringing a new shopping option to Tyler,” Store Manager David Price said in a prepared statement.

A temporary hiring center is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at 1828 ESE Loop 323, Suite LL-12. Interested applicants may also apply online athttp://careers.walmart.com .

Through Walmart’s Veterans Welcome Home Commitment, the company will offer a job to any qualified veteran who has been honorably discharged within the past 12 months. For more, visithttp://walmartcareerswithamission.com .

Walmart provides a benefits program, including health and well-being benefits, matching 401(k) contributions, discounts on general merchandise and company paid life insurance.

Walmart bought the 54,980-square-foot building on July 25, and work being done includes “huge” renovations, including a new roof, A/C, front and parking lot, Walter Northcutt, president of Beer Wells Real Estate Services - East Texas in Longview, the leasing agent for the Southpark Shopping Center, said earlier.

The store will not be another Walmart Supercenter, of which Tyler already has three.

Walmart Neighborhood Markets were designed in 1998 as a smaller-footprint option for communities in need of a pharmacy, affordable groceries and merchandise. Each one is about 38,000 square feet and employs up to 95 associates, according to www. walmart.com. Walmart Neighborhood Markets offer fresh produce, meat and dairy products, bakery and deli items, household supplies, health and beauty aids and a pharmacy.

“It's going to be nice,” Northcutt said in July.

Albertson's closed in early 2011, but still paid rent on the space for quite a while because its lease was not up, Northcutt said. Wal-Mart became interested in the building before Albertson's lease ended, he added.

The building originally housed a Tom Thumb in the early 1980s. The current owners of the Southpark Shopping Center bought the center about 10 years ago and hired Beer Wells Real Estate - East Texas to represent it.