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Walmart Neighborhood Market opening this summer

Building progressing with electricity, office construction

Posted: May 13, 2013 - 3:13pm
Workers are focused on a parking lot Monday at the Walmart Neighborhood Market. The store is set to open this summer. COURTNEY SPRADLIN STAFF PHOTO
Workers are focused on a parking lot Monday at the Walmart Neighborhood Market. The store is set to open this summer. COURTNEY SPRADLIN STAFF PHOTO

The Walmart Neighborhood Market at Prince Street in Conway is set to open this summer, the store’s manager said Monday.

The location for the smaller grocery and pharmacy store near Conway High School and residential neighborhoods was a topic of controversy in council meetings about one year ago.

With council amendments to hours and the building’s street appearance, the ordinance for Walmart to proceed with the store was approved.

Electricity has been turned on in the building, refrigerators are in and workers were constructing offices and restrooms Monday.

“It’s coming along nice. The light fixtures are up, and we’re doing quite well,” said Dayton Noel, store manager.

In a press release issued Thursday, Walmart announced 90 jobs within the store.

Hiring began Monday of last week, Noel said.

Noel said available positions are in the deli and bakery, maintenance, overnight stocking, inventory, pharmacy sales, pharmacy technician, consumable sales and cashier positions are also waiting to be filled.

Hiring is taking place at the existing Walmart store at 1155 Skyline Drive.

Inquire in the Site-to-Store area.

Noel said Neighborhood Markets are stocked with grocery and convenience items. There will also be a pharmacy, he said.

“The Neighborhood Market is designed for the customer that loves to be able to get in, do their shopping, and get out…It’s for the customer who wants to be able to find everything on a grocery list without the big store environment,” said Noel.

The store is 41,000 square feet.

Operation hours will be between 6 a.m. to midnight.

Walmart representatives agreed to the operation hours in a June meeting last year and promised to zone an outparcel of land as commercial-2 only for a proposed Chik-Fil-A.

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Diogenes
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Diogenes 05/13/13 - 03:51 pm
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Wow!! 90 jobs that's great!!

That's 90 full time (2080 hours per year) jobs that include Obamacare, dental, vision, profit sharing, holiday pay, PTL and vacation pay??!!! Or, is it just something else?

schultheis
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schultheis 05/13/13 - 03:53 pm
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Wow, 90 minimum wage no

Wow, 90 minimum wage no benefit jobs. Great.

Diogenes
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Diogenes 05/13/13 - 04:07 pm
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Simmer down now

Folks on disability and welfare can't make it on their checks alone so part time jobs are needed too. Bless their hearts.

BigDaddyD
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BigDaddyD 05/13/13 - 06:34 pm
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The antiMegaKroger

Bring it on!
A job is a job if you ain't got no job.

Diogenes
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Diogenes 05/13/13 - 07:54 pm
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Well, I don't have one

So I'll draw my UEI benefit for the two full years before I accept a job that pays 1/2 as much money with the same (none) benefits. Only a foreclosure, is a foreclosure... If you don't make enough to pay the mortgage.

schultheis
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schultheis 05/13/13 - 08:47 pm
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http://www.globalexchange.org/sweatfree/walmart/racetobottom

From unfair labor practices to the closing of local businesses these are reasons why people—from small business owners and women’s rights groups to environmentalists and labor unions —are all learning ways to stand up to Wal-Mart and why you should take action against WalMart:

HEALTH CARE

Wal-Mart fails to provide health insurance to over half of their employees. So who picks up the bill? -- You do. Wal-Mart workers are atop the Medicaid rolls in at least 16 states, costing taxpayers billions every year.

FAIR LABOR PRACTICES

Wal-Mart has a long and sad track record of worker abuse. From forced overtime to illegal child labor to relentless union-busting. Currently, Wal-Mart is the subject of the largest class action discrimination lawsuit in history, including over 1.5 million current and former female employees who were paid and promoted at significantly lower rates than their male co-workers.

Don’t tolerate employee abuse and discrimination at America’s largest employer. Demand that Wal-Mart stop discriminating against its employees and come clean on workers’ rights violations.

YET THE CEO BENEFITS

While Wal-Mart contiues to lower wages and avoids paying health insurance to over half its employees, CEO H. Lee Scott does not appear to be suffering. Last year he made $5.37 million in salary alone, 50,000 times his Chinese workers pay!

PROTECTING YOUR LOCAL ECONOMY

. For every new Supercenter that Wal-Mart opens, at least two local supermarkets and countless small businesses will close. How will this affect your hometown? This many Wal-Marts come at a high price.

schultheis
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schultheis 05/13/13 - 09:07 pm
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http://makingchangeatwalmart.

http://makingchangeatwalmart.org

Walmart is not good for Conway. Period.

Igor Rabinowitz
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Igor Rabinowitz 05/13/13 - 10:03 pm
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I'm as pro labor as anyone

And agree that the suppression of basic rights for workers is what's gutting the national middle class and turning this country into a land of have and have-nots.

But.

The one reason, the one thing, economists consistently point to as the reason the Consumer Price Index has lagged behind inflation (ie You're dollars are worth less than you think, since costs haven't gone up at the same rate dollar value has dropped) is due to the pressure Wal Mart has placed on retail prices.

Now granted, this is costing us all. But still, despite its many anti-labor sins, Wal Mart is making life affodable by forcing everyone else to more-or-less keep up with Wal Mart prices.

Now consider China.

During the Cold War, were there still a Cold War, China would be a big, even a huge problem. But it's not.

And it's not because the global economy has pumped its economy, allowing its workers to move, in a number of cases, into the middle class. Because of this, China and its ilk is better satisfied keeping peace than waging war.

So while all those jobs went overseas (forced to go overseas in order to keep costs down, see my earlier) they also introduced other countries to the beauty of capitalism and in turn created peace as a very worth by-product.

If you want change, if you want jobs for a viable middle class, and a world enjoying the benefits of peace, it's not going to be this store or that store, it's going to be a fundamental top-down change. It's going to be, ultimately, a re-structuring of that which defines good here in the land of the free.

It's going to take people less wrapped up in getting and having stuff.

Obviously this creates some fundamental problems, especially for the elites who count on a tireless thirst for stuff to motivate the population ("Obamacare? Immigration? These things keep you from getting stuff!") and in turn keep their wealth mechanisms stable.

So no, this won't be easy, not at all. And it's not like any of us are going to talk a Kardashian or a Trump into turning their back on the rich sweetness of celebrity culture.

But what you can do is not buy stuff because you can. What you can do is not covet stuff. You want to start a change you got to be the change.

Like the bumper sticker says "Live simply so others may simply live."

Walklady
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Walklady 05/13/13 - 10:40 pm
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Walmart donations

There is a big sign hanging in Sam's Club that says the Walmart foundation gave $65,841,219 in charitable donations in 2012! That's why they can't pay their employees more than minimum wage, or give them benefits! Pathetic excuse for a business! They could be putting more than half that money back into the store, by hiring more employees to open up all those empty registers! I was in Walmart this evening, and 6 lanes were open, each having at least 5 customers in line. Definitely not my favorite place to shop and I try to avoid it! Their customer service is nothing compared to Krogers!

BigDaddyD
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BigDaddyD 05/14/13 - 06:11 am
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This is still the U.S.A.

We still have the freedom of choice.
No one is forced to work there.
No one is forced to shop there and I don't.
There was a local employer that decided to only offer a high deductible health spending account plan to its employees. Many chose to work elsewhere because they have the freedom to choose.
This isn't China even though most of our stuff is made there.

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