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20140611 MISSION Walmart-groudbreaking AF  8335 featureMISSION—City officials were joined by members of Walmart to celebrate the new location of the company’s Neighborhood Market Store on Wednesday at 1006 N. Bryan Road. The smaller store will sit at 41,000 square feet.

“A typical Walmart is about 200,000 square feet, so this will be about one-fifth the size,” Garza said. “We will have all the consumables: paper goods, health and beauty products and mostly grocery line.”

The new facility will contain a bakery, deli, fresh produce, bakery, flowers, meat, paper, pet food and a pharmacy.

This is the second Neighborhood Market Store in the Rio Grande Valley; Garza said the first store would be opening in McAllen at the intersection of Nolana Avenue and McColl Road next month.

 

Daniel Morales, Walmart director of public affairs and government relations, said construction would begin by the end of June.

“We anticipate that the store should be ready some time in the early part of 2015,” Morales said. “We expect the store to have approximately 95 associates, a mixture of full time and part time. We think these are good jobs–jobs with benefits, a 401k and an opportunity to move up within the company.”

The starting hourly wage rate for full time employees in Texas at Walmart associates is estimated at $12.53 per hour, according to Morales. He added the pay rate does depend on experience.

“The uniqueness of the store is that it is going to provide convenience and access to fresh food and vegetables here in Mission,” Morales said. “Specifically, it’s really meant to cater to those who live and work near the store.”

Morales said the company believes the new addition will contribute to economic growth within the city. He added Mayor Norberto “Beto” Salinas was very helpful and the reason the company is opening in Mission.

Alex Meade, CEO of the Mission EDC, said IBC Bank played a huge role in making sure the project got developed. He said the work between the Mission EDC and different departments within the City of Mission had the one focus of promoting and growing Mission.

City Manager Martin Garza said the neighborhood market store in Mission is one of three of its kind coming to the Valley.

Garza added he was thankful to Walmart for its previous partnership as well as its involvement with the community. He added through neighborhood programs and holiday generosity, the City of Mission has always counted on Walmart for support.

“If you look at the area of this intersection, we do still have a lot of empty land and vacant buildings,” Garza said. “We truly believe this going to be a magnet for the rest of the intersection and it is going to be a great success.”

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