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Walmart to Open Store in Carmichael Friday

The 44,000-square-foot "Neighborhood Market" will fill the old Sports Authority location in the same shopping center as Home Depot.

Walmart will open its newest "Neighborhood Market" in Carmichael Friday. With it, store officials note the new business will provide 80 new jobs with the new concept store.

The nation's largest grocery chain has been sprouting new locations all over Sacramento, recently opening another Neighborhood Market in Elk Grove. With the addition of a Carmichael store, that makes five new Walmarts to open in the Sacramento area in about two months. In total, Walmart will have opened its seventh branch in the greater Sacramento area as of Friday.

"I am pleased to learn that Walmart will be opening a new Neighborhood Market in Carmichael,” said Sacramento County Supervisor Roberta MacGlashan. “By filling a vacant building and creating new jobs, Walmart is helping our effort to attract new businesses to Carmichael and put Sacramento County back to work."

According to a story recently published in The Sacramento Bee, the corporate grocery industry has built a 14 percent market share against other leading chains like Safeway Inc. as the No. 2 grocer in Sacramento and is putting itself in a position to overtake market leader, Raley's of West Sacramento.

According to Walmart spokesman Delia Garcia, the new store, located at 6005 Madison Ave., "will provide residents of Carmichael with a convenient location to pick up all their grocery needs, including fresh produce."

In a press statement released Wednesday, the new store will include a wide variety of items as is customary of most Walmarts. Expect the usual selection of fruits and vegetables, fresh cakes and bread, as well as meats, cheeses and prepared foods. A deli will provide freshly prepared rotisserie chickens, pizzas and standard deli sides, according to the release. The store will also carry its usual full line of groceries, including frozen foods, meat and dairy products, and organic items.

Approximately 80 part- and full-time jobs will be created with the new store opening, according to Garcia.

Store manager Carl Porter began his Walmart career in 1992 as an hourly associate at a store in Pittsburg, California.

“Over a 20-year period I have gone from an overnight stocker during the holidays to now being a store manager for the first time,” said Porter in a press release statement. “I am looking forward to bringing a convenient, affordable shopping option to Carmichael.”

The store's grand opening will take place at 7 a.m., Friday, Nov. 16. Store associates will participate in a brief ceremony, followed by a ribbon cutting. The Del Campo High School choir and cheerleaders will perform, and the school’s ROTC will present colors.

According to the release, the grand-opening celebration includes $7,000 in grants from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation to local community groups, including Cameron Ranch Elementary School, Carmichael Recreation and Park District, Del Campo High School and Will Rogers Middle School.

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Victor Calderon November 14, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Great to see jobs for Carmichael residents and grants to local schools and the park district. Plus, it allows locals to stay in town to shop instead of driving to Old Foothill Farms, Citrus Heights, etc.
pocketmom November 15, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Jobs? Low pay, part time hours, no benefits. I will not patronize WalMart under any alias," Neighborhood Market " soon to be a WalMart Super Store with the goal of undercutting the "neighborhood markets" that have been a mainstay in Carmichael for many years, ie; SavMart, Safeway, Raley's and BelAir all with a deep commitment to the community.
NickL November 15, 2012 at 11:54 PM
I agree with the comment above. This is NOT a good thing.
Vivian November 16, 2012 at 02:50 PM
It has to be a good thing because of location. The population in that area that needs a GROCERY within walking or biking distance. There are many apartments, duplexes and multi-family homes. Also many students that do not have access to personal vehicles or cannot afford to own one. This is going to be a blessing for many.
Jeff January 05, 2013 at 03:48 AM
My mother worked for walmart for sixteen yrs she stayed on with them do to lack of jobs in california as a walmart employee she did not get breaks all the time they pulled her from her department to dry shopping carts when they knew it hurt her to do that trying to make her quit because her age walmart is bad place to work and the kids have fone one thing Sam walton said he would not do sell product from china cheap cause it is made cheap I will not shop there again knowing how they treat employees not just my mom but all employees boycot walmart

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