New Neighborhood Walmart comes to East Texas


POSTED: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 6:00pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 6:47pm

A new Walmart Neighborhood Market just opened it's doors in Tyler. It's open 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1900 ESE Loop 323 in the Southpark shopping center.

"We carry the basic needs of the customers," said Store Manager David Price.

The neighborhood market is for those just looking to do a little grocery shopping.

"I just wanted to come and check out what they got on sale," said customer Liana Houldey

"We are an in and out grocery store, in and out, get what you need and get on down the road without having to battle that crowd of people wanting to buy everything right at that time," said Price.

So this is not the place if you're looking to buy a new entertainment center.

"I tell people a lot of times that if they need to buy a TV, I use fishing poles a lot because I like to fish. TV or fishing pole, then you can go to your Walmart Super Center and they offer everything there," said Price.  

Some of the first neighborhood stores rolled out in the late 90s.

"Smaller format kind of takes us back to the homelike type stores and what that allows us to do is build that customer base really get to know people by name and addressing their needs and wants on a more personal level," said Price. 

The neighborhood store created almost a hundred jobs for East Texans.They're still hiring more people, especially veterans. They have a hiring program called "Welcome Home Veterans." Any veteran who has been discharged in the past 12 months, can automatically get a job with the company. And so far at this specific location, they hired 10 soldiers back from war.

"I've always wanted to work for Walmart. Basically my whole family worked for Walmart and I know it's hard for some people to get jobs so it's real good for me," said Walmart employee Steven Dixson.

Customers are excited to have a grocery store closer to their own neighborhood.

"Ever since the other store closed up several years ago, we've been waiting for this to open and this is a great day, it's so convenient for us," said customer Norman Ferguson.

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