Walmart to hire as many as 95 in Tyler

Published on Tuesday, 14 January 2014 20:16 - Written by CASEY MURPHY cmurphy@tylerpaper.com

Walmart plants to hire as many as 95 employees for its Walmart Neighborhood Market planned to open in a few months 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.

Bridget Schultz, senior strategist for the Mitchell Communications Group, said Tuesday they are shooting for late March or early April for the store opening.

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 also may apply online at careers.walmart.com.

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

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, visit walmartcareerswithamission.com.

Walmart bought the 54,980-square-foot building 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.