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.